Discussion continues on academic standards in Missouri

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COLUMBIA - Discussions over what academic standards Missouri should adopt continued Monday.

Currently, Missouri follows the nationally imposed common core standards. Those standards apply to students from kindergarten to 12th grade and determines what students are expected to learn, how they should be taught and how they are assessed.

In July, legislation was passed to drop the common core standards and adopt new ones. However, what new standards would replace them wasn't established.

On Monday the Show-Me Institute met to discuss where Missouri's academic standards need to head.

Most at the meeting felt there shouldn't be national or even state standards, rather Missouri should rely on the schools to make individualized plans. James Shuls, a professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and panelist at the meeting agreed the standards Missouri has are poor.

"We don't need a set of centrally imposed standards from Jefferson City or Washington, DC to improve student achievement, what we need to do is really empower parents to choose their school and empower schools to choose the right curriculum to suit their students," said Shuls.

Shuls emphasized until new standards are adopted Missouri education will continue to follow the national common core standards.

He says meetings will continue throughout the year to discuss what academic standards to adopt, but the process of implementing new standards could take years.