All curricula, including English language arts and mathematics which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, are assessed periodically throughout the course using District Summative Assessments that were developed locally by R-7 teachers to monitor student mastery of curriculum.
Each state was requested to become a member of a larger consortium. Missouri joined the SMARTER Balanced Consortium. Grades 5 and 8 will complete on-line assessments provided by the SMARTER Balanced Consortium. Grades 3, 4, 6, and 7 will take a short survey version of SMARTER Balanced Assessments. High School will be assessed via End-of-Course Exams.
In 2014-15, all English language arts and mathematics state assessments will be Common Core State Standards aligned.
You can find and read the Common Core State Standards at www.corestandards.org.
The Missouri Learning Standards define the knowledge and skills students need in each grade level. They are inclusive of the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics as well as grade level and course-based standards in all other content areas.