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The changes to the Missouri Learning Standards science expectations are about to enter the first year of implementation. There will be many questions, concerns and clarifications brought to light by educators across the state throughout this process. Please feel free to contact me and share your observations, concerns and successes related to implementation.

From the 6–12 Science Work Group proposal, page 1:

“The Secondary Science (grades 6-12) workgroup used several documents as a basis on which to build the standards, including the current MO Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, Massachusetts State Standards (2006, 2012), South Carolina State Standards, and the Missouri Curriculum Alignment Initiative.”

Three dimensional learning model is the consistent idea among Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Massachusetts and South Carolina. Any links or directions to resources are intended to enhance understanding of the three dimensions of learning as well as providing some additional guidance to teachers, principals and parents.

Assessments for the new science expectations are currently scheduled for the 2018 – 2019 school year.

John Kitchens
Science Director
[email protected] 


Support Documents

Crosswalks: The intent of this crosswalk is to enhance understanding of the changes to the science expectations.  This document does not represent the full breadth of change associated with the new expectations. Science and Engineering Practices, as well as Crosscutting Concepts are important components to understanding the changes. Science and Engineering Practices are summarized in Appendix F of NGSS; Crosscutting Concepts are summarized in Appendix G of NGSS. Both appendices provide progressions as well.

K-5  |  6-8  |  9–12                       

Additional documents:

MS and HS Course Suggestions

Professional Learning

Interface 2017 – Registration to open in November

  • Interface A (Grades K – 6): February 23 – 25, 2017
  • Interface B (Grades 7 – 12): February 26 – 28, 2017

Science Teachers of Missouri (STOM) 

  • STOM Conference - Columbia, MO - October 7-8, 2016

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

  • NSTA’s Professional Learning page​

​​National Energy Education Development (NEED)

  • Free professional development for science, math and CTE teachers: Sept. 27th, 8:00 - 3:30, Capital Plaza Hotel, Jefferson City, MO 65063.

National Center for Science Education (NCSE)

  • NCSE is in the process of recruiting teachers for NCSEteach’s fall Scientists in the Classroom program. Please click here to find out more!

Student Activities

                Missouri Academy of Science (MAS) – Where science is happening in Missouri.  

                Missouri Junior Academy of Science (MJAS) -

International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is a great way for students put their hard work on display along with other students from schools in neighboring school districts or counties within the 10 ISEF districts throughout Missouri. 

  • Where to go?  - This is a tool to help find the district a given school or participant would be placed.
  • Rules – It is very important to follow these rules so the participant will be eligible to participate competitively in the ISEF.
  • Resources – There is a “Rules Wizard” tool to help guide the teachers and participants through the process of meeting ISEF project requirements.