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As a part of the assessment development cycle, DESE Assessment invites Missouri educators to participate in the process to help provide expertise. Missouri is always looking for educators to participate in these meetings. If you wish to be considered for participation for any future development meetings, please complete the online submission form at Once finished, you will receive an email to the personal email address provided to confirm your submission.
In 2014 Missouri legislators passed House Bill 1490, mandating the development of the Missouri Learning Expectations. In April of 2016, these Missouri Learning Expectations were adopted by the State Board of Education. Groups of Missouri educators from across the state collaborated to create the documents necessary to support the implementation of these expectations.
One of the documents developed is the item specification document, which includes all Missouri grade level/course expectations arranged by domains/strands. It defines what could be measured on a variety of assessments. The document serves as the foundation of the assessment development process.
Although teachers may use this document to provide clarity to the expectations, these specifications are intended for summative, benchmark, and large‐scale assessment purposes.
Components of the item specifications include:
The following documents, linked below, were created by Missouri educators to provide classroom teachers a more descriptive version of the mathematics Grade- and Course-Level Expectations (GLEs and CLEs).  Much of this work came from the committees that developed the new expectations; however, many other educators have read and contributed to them.  Please remember, these are curriculum development documents and are not designed as an assessment resource.  Additionally, the examples and lists provided are not exhaustive and are not meant to place limits on the work being done in Missouri classrooms or on assessment development.
While all efforts were made by the committees to provide a clear expectation of student learning, at times it may be difficult to ascertain exactly what the committee intended.  These documents will alleviate some of the questions that inevitably arise when new expectations are released.
In the example below, which illustrates how the documents are organized, the left-hand side lists the official GLE or CLE in order.  The right-hand side is the expanded expectation.
MLS Code
Actual Expectation Wording
Expanded Expectation
Compare and order fractions and/or decimals to the thousandths place using the symbols >, = or <, and justify the solution.
The expectation for the student is to compare and order fractions, or decimal numbers to the thousandths place, by reasoning about their size. Record the results of comparisons with symbols >, = or <, and justify the conclusions. (e.g., by using benchmarks, number lines, manipulatives or drawings)
The reader will find instances where both the original and expanded versions are the same.  In these cases it was determined the expectation was clear and any additional description could be detrimental or limiting to the original intent of the committee.
These are working documents and the authors encourage the readers to develop their own examples and lists to bring these mathematics expectations to life in their classrooms.  Also note that these curriculum development documents may be updated in the future to include more detail or clarification of the intended student learning.
The Revised standards, approved on April 19, 2016 are for implementation beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year. They will be assessed beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.
Mathematics – K-5: K-5 PDF | K-5 Word
Mathematics – 6-12: 6-12 PDF | 6-12 Word
Mathematics – K-12: K-12 Excel 
Updates on the Implementation of the Mathematics Missouri Learning Standards
Math Content Meetings for 2021 – 2022 will be in September, November, January and March.  This year we are currently planning on virtual sessions.  Here is the link to the Curriculum calendar: to register for these meetings.  On each of these months there will be a K – 5, 6 – 12, and an Assessment Update session.
Math Content meeting materials and recording at the Math Hub. 
Please contact Chip Sharp at [email protected] with questions or for more details.
Take advantage of a free professional development opportunity! The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is recruiting interested teachers to participate in the Enhanced Learning Maps (ELM) project, an innovative program aimed at developing and implementing research-based instructional resources for English language arts and mathematics taught in grades 2-8. For more information, call the Office of College and Career Readiness/Curriculum and Assessment at 573-751-3545 or click this link: 
For over thirty years the Interface Conference has been a place where educators collaborate to improve mathematics and science instruction for the children of Missouri. Please consider presenting at one of Missouri’s premier professional learning events.  Feel free to forward this message to other educators that you believe would also be interested in providing high quality presentations.
Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in cooperation with the MU Conference Office  
It is vital for Missouri mathematics educators to be active life-long learners in the field of improving mathematics instruction.  Two characteristics of being a life-long learner are an active engagement in professional organizations and networking with other professionals in your field.  The following organizations, listed below, are available to support mathematics educators.  Please consider becoming an active member in one or more of these groups.  If you have questions please visit their websites or contact the individual listed for each group.
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