Missouri education officials approve new English, math goals

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri education officials have adopted a new set of education benchmarks to replace the Common Core learning standards the state is ditching.

The State Board of Education approved new goals Tuesday for what children should learn in math, English, social studies and science in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Lawmakers in 2014 required the state board to adopt new standards in an attempt to drop the Common Core guidelines.

Conservatives have criticized those standards as being adopted without enough input from Missourians.

Changes in new standards include added emphasis on research in language arts and adding cursive writing to elementary school expectations.

Schools will need to start implementing the standards this fall. Students won’t be tested on the revised learning standards until spring of 2018.