Seven out of 10 Missouri school districts are well on their way to putting the Common Core state standards to work in their classrooms, according to a survey by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of some 6,000 teachers and administrators. Of those districts in the survey that are not yet implementing the standards, nearly half will be next year. Overall, only 16 percent responded as being “unsure.”
The standards, adopted by 45 states including Missouri and Kansas, have been encountering opposition from some organizations and politicians. But they have garnered the support of most educators. The standards set common learning targets in math and English language arts, then leave the curriculum and lesson plans to the discretion and creativity of schools and teachers.