A bill that began as a straight ban on implementing the Common Core national student benchmarks but now focuses on a process to adopt new standards gained approval in the Missouri Senate.
The proposal would create working groups consisting of parents, educators, technical educators and members of the business community. The working groups would propose standards for state education to the state Board of Education by October 2015 and the board would have to adopt education standards by the 2016-2017 school year.
In the meantime, the Common Core statewide assessments that sparked the push for this bill would be used in schools starting next year. Concerns from school districts about having to abandon years of work to develop curriculum to meet the new standards and about the cost of trying to implement new assessments when contracts to use the new tests next year had already been signed softened the hard-line bill.