May 08, 2013 - A statement of support for the Missouri Common Core State Standards recently was approved with a 5-1 vote by the Lindbergh Board of Education.
Advantages of the new standards, according to the statement approved by the Board of Education, include:
• "Fewer and consistent learning goals for all students — regardless of where they live — so that children will stay on track in school when moving from one state to another."
• "A clear road map of academic expectations, so that students, parents and teachers can work together toward shared goals."
• "Relevance to the real world, focusing on the knowledge and skills students will need to succeed in life after high school, in both postsecondary education and a globally competitive work force."
• "Academically rigorous, attainable standards for students, designed by a diverse team of teachers, parents, administrators, researchers and content experts to be practical for teachers and districts."
The statement also said, "We believe the Common Core State Standards will help provide our students and their families with the first-rate education they deserve and that will ensure Missouri reaches the top-10 performing states by the year 2020."
Board member Kate Holloway was opposed and board Treasurer Kara Gotsch abstained because she was out of the room during the discussion of the issue.