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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.


HB 1490

On July 14, 2014, House Bill 1490 was signed into law by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. HB1490 provided a structure and timeline for review of the Missouri Learning Standards, beginning with English language arts, social studies, science and mathematics expectations. The law called for work groups of parents and educators to update standards in these content areas by Oct. 1, 2015, and implemented beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. Work group members were appointed by various stakeholders in the state as defined in the law. Members included active classroom teachers and parents of school-age children. They represented each geographic region of Missouri.

HB1490 Timeline
  • June 6, 2014: HB 1490 is passed and signed by the Missouri Legislature.
  • July 14, 2014: HB 1490 is signed by the Governor.
  • July 2014 – October 2014: Committee Selection (Appointment Designation Chart)
  • September 22, 2014 - September 26, 2015: Committee Meetings (Click date for video if available):
  • October 27, 2014: The first of three public meetings was held to elicit feedback from the public.
  • April 20, 2015: The second of three public meetings was held to elicit feedback from the public.
  • October 1, 2015: The State Board of Education received the work groups' academic performance Standards recommendations.
  • October 26, 2015: The third of three public hearings was held to elicit feedback from the public.
  • November 2 - December 2, 2015: Comments and feedback was solicited on the academic Standards from the Joint Committee on Education (160.514, RSMo).
  • November 2 - December 2, 2015: Public comment period to provide comments and feedback was solicited on the academic Standards.
  • November 2, 2015 - January 13, 2016: Comments and feedback was solicited on the academic Standards from Academic Researchers.
  • December 14, 2015: Make all comments from the Joint Committee on Education publicly available (160.514, RSMo).
  • January 2016: State board requests re-open of public comment period.
  • January - March 10: Public comment period extended.
  • February 8, 2016: Make all comments from Academic Researchers publicly available (160.514, RSMo).
  • March 1 - May 15, 2016: Format and finalize Missouri Learning Standards.
  • April 19, 2016: The State Board approved the new standards in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.
  • May 2016 - Fall 2017: Align the statewide assessment system in English language arts and mathematics to the academic performance Standards.
  • May 2016 - Fall 2017: Develop and adopt a standardized assessment instrument based on the academic performance Standards in English language arts and mathematics.
  • Summer 2016: Curriculum development and professional development for the four content areas began.
  • 2016-2017 Academic Year: Implementation of updated standards in the four content areas began.
  • 2017-2018 Academic Year: Assessments in English language arts and mathematics aligned to the updated standards are administered.
  • 2018-2019 Academic Year: Assessments in science aligned to the updated standards are administered.
  • 2019-2020 Academic Year: Assessments in social studies aligned to the updated standards are administered.
Comments/Feedback

Initial Comment Period

In October 2014, an email address - [email protected] - was setup to gather feedback and comments from the Public on the work being done. The initial comment period lasted from October 2014 through April 2015. Subsequent comments continued to come in via email.


Public Online Survey

A survey was then designed to gather comments about the current Missouri Learning Standards. In this survey you could comment upon the learning expectations in English language arts, math, social studies and science by grade-level and content area. The following are the comments received in the survey through May 5, 2015.

English Language Arts: ELA K-5, ELA 6-12, Reading Literature, Reading Informational Texts, Language, Listening - Speaking, Reading Foundational Skills, Writing.

Mathematics: Mathematics K-5, Mathematics 6-12, Arithmetic with Polynomials and Rational Expressions, Building Functions, Counting and Cardinality, Expressions and Equations, Functions, Geometry, Interpreting Functions, Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative Data, Making Inferences and Justifying Conclusions, Measurement and Data, Number and Operations in Base 10, Numbers and Operations-Fractions, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Ratios and Relationships, Seeing Structure in Expressions, Statistics and Probability, The Complex Number System, The Number System, The Real Number System.

Science: Science K-5, Science 6-12, Ecology, Matter and Energy, Universe, Earth Systems, Force and Motion, Living Organisms, Science Technology and Human Activity, Scientific Inquiry.

Social Studies: Social Studies K-5, Social Studies 6-12, Economic Concepts and Principles, Missouri, United States and World History, Principles and Processes of Governance Systems, Principles of the Republic, Tools of Social Science Inquiry


Additional Comments


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 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.


Missouri Learning Standards

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.

English Language Arts - Grades K-12:  PDF | Word | Excel


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

Mathematics - Grades K-12:  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 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 2017-2018 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 2016-2017 academic year. They will be assessed 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

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

 

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

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

GLE 2.0 - Mathematics: PDF | Word | Excel
CLE - Mathematics: PDF | Word | Excel

Alternate

Alternate - Communication Arts: PDF
Alternate - Mathematics: PDF