Missouri lawmakers pass school standards measure

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Updated Friday, May 16 at 7:00 PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Republican-led Missouri Legislature has passed legislation that would task groups of parents and educators with writing new benchmarks for student achievement.

The measure sent to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday could pave the way for Missouri to become the second state to ditch the Common Core Standards, which have been adopted by more than 40 states. Missouri’s State Board of Education adopted Common Core in 2010.

Under the bill, state officials would pick teams to develop new school standards for English, math, science and history to be implemented during the 2016 academic year.

Several school officials told News 4 they are not thrilled the bill passed.

"Its very disheartening to pour so much work into something to have the rug pulled out from under you and that's what it feels like," St. Charles School District Superintendent Dr. Jeff Marion said. "We've been doing work in the trenches and people who haven't been involved in that work are kind of mucking it up a little bit and they are making our jobs harder not easier."

Under Common Core, school districts are held to the same standard, but districts get to decide how to reach the standards that have been set.

"That's completely left up to local control," said Ft. Zummwalt Superintendent Dr. Bernard Dubray. "We're working working towards implementing the standards, but the curriculum we have in Ft. Zummwalt for math for example is not the same as Francis Howell or Wentzville or St. Charles. All curriculums look different, but we're all going towards the same goals."

Until 2016, Missouri schools could continue using Common Core in the classroom and for tests that are scheduled to be taken this fall.

 

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