Work groups will begin meeting later this month in Jefferson City to come up with standards to replace national Common Core state standards used to test Missouri students. The process of establishing the new Missouri Learning Standards were set up by legislation signed by Gov. Jay Nixon in July.
The work groups will be made up of “education professionals” named by lawmakers, Nixon, the state education commissioner, the state board of education and others to come up with home-grown standards in English, math, science and history and governments. The law passed in response to criticism that the state board adopted the Common Core standards without sufficient public input or attention. Backers of the Common Core have disputed those notions.