In states that have eliminated Common Core standards, the new state learning standards are often not drastically different.
In Missouri, the new Missouri Learning Standards have been well received by the public. They were unanimously approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and are intended to include more critical thinking and be more rigorous.
According to Sarah Potter, DESE spokesperson, the standards reflect input from teachers and work groups. “We wanted to honor the investment of time and expertise from Missouri educators and parents in the work groups by trying to stay true to the documents they created,” Potter said. “We did make adjustments based on formatting, feedback we received from the public, and missing skills from elementary grades to high school courses.”
Some local changes include adding cursive back into the state standards. A problem is that Missouri does not have the opportunity to compare test scores to other states, so they will need to use other measures, such as ACT testing.