Welcome to dese.mo.gov. We hope you enjoy the site, and we welcome your feedback.


Those of us here at DESE want to extend our thanks to many educators across Missouri who have generously given their time and expertise to help with curriculum and assessment development projects these past several months. If you are interested in helping with future projects, please contact Kristen McKinney (kristen.mckinney@dese.mo.gov).

To stay connected with DESE and other science educators across the state of Missouri, please consider joining the Science Curriculum and Assessment Edmodo group. 

As always, please contact me with your questions, ideas and concerns. Thank you for all you do for our students of Missouri!

Kristen McKinney
Science Director



Assessment Resources

Test Blueprints

Grade-level  |  End-of-course 

Sample Assessment Tasks

Grade-Level End-of-Course

Grade 5 Extended Task

Grade 8 Short Task

Biology Short Task


Practice Forms


Practice Forms can also be accessed via eDirect.

Content Paper/Pencil Large Print
5th Grade
8th Grade


Practice forms aligned to the new MLS Expectations will be available online through the EOC Secure Browser and here for students who need a paper assessment.

Performance Level Descriptors


These implementation resources are designed to provide support to educators at various stages of implementation of Missouri’s Learning Standards for Science, while building capacity within all grades.  These resources have the sole purpose to help guide implementation and in no way are the only ways of implementing the standards.

MLS Support Documents

Missouri Learning Standards Science Expectations

K-5  |  6-12 

Missouri Learning Standards Science Progressions

Science & Engineering Practices | Disciplinary Core Ideas | Crosscutting Concepts

Missouri Learning Standards Science Expanded Expectations

Kindergarten 1st Grade 2nd Grade
3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade
6-8 Life Science 6-8 Engineering, Technology, and Application of Science 6-8 Earth and Space Science
6-8 Physical Science 9-12 Life Science 9-12 Engineering, Technology, and Application of Science
9-12 Earth and Space Science 9-12 Physical Science

*Connections to other Missouri Learning Standards, such as ELA and Math, can be found within the expanded expectations.


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. 

Description Resources (Linked)
MLS to NGSS K-5 (Updated 04/20)  |  6-8  |  9-12 
GLE/CLE to MLS K-5  |  6-8  |  9–12 

Three dimensional learning model is the consistent idea among Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Massachusetts(link is external) 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 teachersprincipals and parents.

Science Item Specifications


Kindergarten (Updated 10/31/19) 6-8 Earth/Space (Updated 02/20/20)
1st grade    6-8 Life (Updated 02/20/20)
2nd grade 6-8 Physical (Updated 02/20/20)
3rd grade (Updated 02/10/20) 9-12 Earth/Space (Updated 04/19/19)
4th grade (Updated 12/19/19) 9-12 Life (Updated 04/19/19)
5th grade (Updated 12/20/19) 9-12 Physical (Updated 04/19/19)

Professional Learning

Summer Professional Learning Series

2020 Summer PLS Hub

AVAILABLE NOW!  The Office of College and Career Readiness 2020 Summer Professional Learning Workshops went virtual this summer. The focus was on Thinking About Re-Entry for the 2020-21 School Year. If you were unable to participate, access the session recordings and resources used during the professional learning workshops in Science through the title link above.

MINKS & Co Virtual Series

2020-2021 Content Meetings

DESE’s Office of College and Career Readiness has scheduled free professional development opportunities for Missouri K-12 educators in the arts, English language arts, English language development, health/physical education, math, science and social studies. Register using the links below on the Curriculum Calendar.

Interface 2021 – Turning Obstacles into Opportunities

For over thirty years the Interface Conference has been a place where educators collaborate to improve mathematics and science instruction for the children of Missouri. Please consider presenting at one of Missouri’s premier professional learning events.  Feel free to forward this message to other educators that you believe would also be interested in providing high quality presentations.

The 2021 Interface dates are:

  • Interface A: February 18-20, 2021 (K-6 grades)
  • Interface B: February 21-23, 2021 (6-12 grades)
    *Grade 6 teachers should select session A or B as is appropriate to their district.

Prices: TBD

Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in cooperation with the MU Conference Office 

RPDC Science Contact Info



Science Contact


S Central RPDC


Janet Crafton




Myra Collins



St. Joseph

Deb Korell




Tracy Gross


Heart of Missouri


Gena McCluskey



Cape Girardeau

Linda Null


Central RPDC


Julie Blaine


St. Louis




Kansas City


Cathy Battles



Science Resources for Teachers

Missouri Department of Conservation – "Discover Nature Schools"

Missouri Department of Conservation coordinated with Missouri educators to develop an engaging, ecology-based curriculum aligned with our new science MLS expectations. The units are free resources that cover pre-k through high school content using inquiry-based methods. Below are flyers for each of the five units as well as crosswalks to the science MLS and NGSS. Teachers may visit the Conservation Department’s teacher portal to learn more about Discover Nature Schools, receive the free materials, and learn about additional grants.

USA Biolympiad

The USABO is a competition for high school students who are passionate about biology. Your students who participate in the USABO will have the opportunity for this life changing experience by sharing their passion for biology with like-minded students nationally and internationally and establishing lifelong relationships that extend into their future careers. *For individuals to compete in this program: schools, teachers, or administrators must register as a school and a $95 payment will be collected.

National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)

  • NABT resource page has links to all things biology including instructional materials, videos, student resources, articles and videos.

Missouri Environmental Education Association (MEEA)

  • MEEA has an excellent array of resources for teachers and districts to utilize. Lessons, assessments, training, links to parks and conservation areas across Missouri.


  • Science Teachers of Missouri provides an array of science resources to benefit teachers and students in classroom, lesson planning and professional development.  

Missouri River Relief

  • Looking for resources for teaching about the Missouri River, examples of river action projects, or ways to take learning outside? You’ve come to the right place. You're just a little early.

Science Friday

  • Science Friday offers free STEM activities, lessons, and resources for parents and educators.     

The Concord Consortium

  • We're a non-profit educational technology laboratory for science, mathematics and engineering. Our pioneering work brings technology's promise into reality for education.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

  • The teacher resources link provides pages of resources to assist teachers and districts with implementing science expectations.


  • National Science Teachers Association provides resources for classrooms, implementation and professional development.

University of California -  Berkley(link is external)

  • Lesson plans, videos, articles, “resource database”


  • MetEd is a free collection of hundreds of training resources intended for the geoscience community. Whether you're an experienced meteorologist honing existing skills or a student looking for new geoscience topics of interest, we have something for you.

Liberty School District Curriculum and Instruction

  • The staff and leadership at Liberty Public Schools has developed and graciously shared a pool of resources relative to implementation of the science expectations.