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Missouri Schools Roll Out Common Core Standards

Missouri adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in 2010 with the goal of fully implementing the standards in the 2014-15 school year. A recent survey conducted by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) shows that the state is on track to reach that goal.

70% of the 6,000 teachers and administrators surveyed by DESE said that they have either already or are currently implementing the standards. 55.6% are implementing them this year and 13.7% will implement them during the 2014-15 academic year.

The remaining participants had either already implemented the standards or were unsure exactly when implementation was scheduled to be finished in their districts.

The majority of teachers surveyed said that they felt they were receiving the training they needed for CCSS, and most also said that in order to successfully implement the CCSS, they’d need to collaborate more with colleagues.

Missouri Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro said that the state is pleased with the progress school districts are making toward implementation of the CCSS. “The Standards are crucial to ensuring our children are prepared for postsecondary education and careers,” she said. (source)

Quick Facts:
· Missouri contributed to the development of the CCSS.
· Missouri adopted the CCSS in 2010.
· Missouri will fully implement the CCSS by 2014-15.
· The CCSS primarily address English Language Arts and Mathematics.
· Both content knowledge and skills are part of the CCSS.
· Schools will continue to have local control of curriculums once the CCSS have been implemented.
· The CCSS establish clear, consistent learning goals for all students – regardless of where they live.

The Common Core State Standards are an important next step in ensuring that all of Missouri’s K-12 public school students, regardless of their district, reach the same overall learning goals.

From the smallest and most rural Missouri communities to the state’s largest school districts, all of Missouri’s teachers will be expected to teach to the same standards beginning in 2014-15.

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