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Missouri Learning Standards

About The Missouri Learning Standards

The Missouri Learning Standards define the knowledge and skills students need in each grade level and course for success in college, other post-secondary training and careers. These expectations are aligned to the Show-Me Standards, which define what all Missouri high school graduates should know and be able to do.

In January 1996, Missouri adopted the Show-Me Standards, a demanding set of content and process standards that have proved to be an excellent frame of reference for student performance in Missouri. Grade-level expectations (GLEs) were then developed to provide grade by grade targets for instruction for teachers. Those expectations were revised regularly based on teacher feedback and new research. As End-of-Course (EOC) assessments were developed at the high school level, Course-level expectations (CLEs) were created to provide teachers with course-specific objectives.

The latest iteration of expectations aligned with the Show-Me Standards are called the Missouri Learning Standards. The Missouri Learning Standards help ensure students learn basic and higher-order skills, including problem solving and critical thinking. The standards are relevant to the real world and reflect the knowledge and skills students need to achieve their goals. Learning outcomes improve when students, parents and teachers work together toward shared goals. The Missouri Learning Standards give school administrators, teachers, parents and students a road map for learning expectations in each grade and course. They are key to Missouri becoming one of the top 10 states for education by 2020.

The Missouri Learning Standards do not dictate curriculum. Local districts and schools make their own decisions about curriculum, instructional strategies, materials and textbooks.


Missouri Learning Standards

Assessed Standards

The Revised standards, approved on April 19, 2016 are for implementation starting in the 2016-2017 academic year. They will be assessed beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.

English Language Arts - K-5: K-5 PDF | K-5 Word
English Language Arts - 6-12: 6-12 PDF | 6-12 Word
English Language Arts - K-12: K-12 Excel


Additional Resources

Assessed Standards

The Revised standards, approved on April 19, 2016 are for implementation beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year. They will be assessed beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.

Mathematics - K-5: K-5 PDF | K-5 Word
Mathematics - 6-12: 6-12 PDF | 6-12 Word
Mathematics - K-12: K-12 Excel


Additional Resources

Assessed Standards

The MAP Grade-Level and End-of-Course assessments will continue to be based on these standards through the 2016-2017 school year.

Science - Grades K-5: PDF | Word | Excel
Science - Grades 6-8: PDF | Word | Excel
Science - Biology: PDF | Word | Excel
Science - Other High School Courses: PDF | Word


Revised Standards

The Revised standards, approved on April 19, 2016 are for implementation beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year via a Field Test. They will be assessed operationally beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.

Science - K-5: K-5 PDF | K-5 Word
Science - 6-12: 6-12 PDF | 6-12 Word
Science - K-12: K-12 Excel


Additional Resources

Assessed Standards

The End-of-Course assessments will continue to be based on these standards through the 2018-2019 school year.

Social Studies - Grades K-8: PDF | Word | Excel
Social Studies - High School: PDF | Word | Excel


Revised Standards

The Revised standards, approved on April 19, 2016 are for implementation beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year. They will be assessed beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.

Social Studies - K-5: K-5 PDF | K-5 Word
Social Studies - 6-12: 6-12 PDF | 6-12 Word
Social Studies - K-12: K-12 Excel


Additional Resources

In 2016 the State Board of Education authorized the organization of a workgroup to evaluate, and possibly make recommendations to modify or revise Personal Finance learning standards.  These standards have not changed since 2006 when the State Board of Education revised graduation requirements for Missouri’s students to include one-half credit of Personal Finance.

Proposed Missouri Personal Finance Standards

Comments on Proposed Personal Finance Standards


Work Group Information


Current Standards/Competencies


Additional Resources

 

The MAP-A assessments continue to be based on these standards.

  • MAP Alternate Standards - ELA Essential Elements: HTML | Excel 
  • MAP Alternate Standards - Math Essential Elements: HTML | Excel
  • MAP Alternate Standards - Science: PDF

 

Additional Resources

  • MAP Alternate Crosswalk - ELA: PDF | Word
  • MAP Alternate Crosswalk - Math PDF | Word
  • MAP Alternate Crosswalk - Science PDF | Word

 

World Languages

World Languages: PDF | Word


Fine Arts

Music: PDF | Word | Excel
Theater: PDF | Word | Excel
Visual Arts: PDF | Word | Excel


Health/Physical Education

Health Education: PDF | Word | Excel
Physical Education: PDF | Word | Excel


School Counseling

Academic Development: PDF
Career Development: PDF
Personal and Social Development: PDF


Additional Resources

These archived standards are no longer being used for assessment purposes and should not be used for instructional purposes. They are for informational and historical purposes only.

English Language Arts

MLS 2015-17 - English Language Arts - Grades K-12:  PDF | Word | Excel
GLE 2.0 - Communication Arts: PDF | Word | Excel
CLE - Communication Arts: PDF | Word | Excel
GLE 2.0 - Information and Communications Technology Literacy: PDF | Word
CLE - Information and Communications Technology Literacy: PDF | Word

Mathematics

MLS 2015-17 - Mathematics - Grades K-12:  PDF | Word | Excel
GLE 2.0 - Mathematics: PDF | Word | Excel
CLE - Mathematics: PDF | Word | Excel

Alternate

Alternate - Communication Arts: PDF
Alternate - Mathematics: PDF

 

Assessment Implementation Schedule

On Tuesday, May 17, 2016 the Missouri State Board of Education approved a schedule for implementing assessments aligned to the newly adopted expectations. Initial operational administration of new English language arts and mathematics assessments will take place in the 2017-2018 school year, followed by science in 2018-2019 (Field Testing to occur in 2017-2018 school year) and social studies in 2019-2020. Until new assessments are implemented as described, Grade-Level and End-of-Course assessments will remain unchanged and aligned to the previous MLS. The figure below illustrates the implementation schedule.