In 2010, the Missouri State Board of Education adopted a new set of English language arts and mathematics standards for grades K-12. The standards will be implemented in the 2014-2015 school year. Missouri is raising its standards to help all of our students receive a world-class education. Across the state, schools are implementing the Missouri Learning Standards, which include the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and mathematics. These standards will help our students gain the academic knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college, career, and life. The standards will not only improve what students learn, but also how they learn by teaching critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication skills. Click here for a brief look at what it all means.