New Initiatives

House Bill 1042

HB 1042 was signed into law on June 7, 2012. Portions of the law went into effect on August 28, 2012 while the remaining sections await the outcome of the rule making process. New provisions address 5 broad areas involving Missouri higher education listed below. Please click on each area heading for more details.


Developmental Education


All public two-year and four-year institutions must replicate best practices identified through collaboration between institutions and research by experts in developmental education.

Core Transfer Library


Missouri institutions will promote student transfer by creating a statewide core transfer library of at least twenty-five lower division courses that are transferable among all public higher education institutions by July 1, 2014.

Reverse Transfer


The coordinating board shall develop a policy to foster reverse transfer for any student who has accumulated enough hours in combination with at least one public higher education institution in Missouri that offers an associate degree and one public four-year higher education institution in the prescribed courses sufficient to meet requirements to be awarded an associate degree.

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Out-of-state fees


The coordinating board may charge and collect fees from out-of-state public institutions to cover the costs of reviewing and assuring the quality of programs offered by out-of-state public institutions.


Common Core State Standards

The New Missouri K-12 Standards and Higher Education

What are the Standards?

The Common Core State Standards are a set of high-quality academic expectations in English-language arts (ELA) and mathematics that define both the knowledge and skills all students should master by the end of each grade level in order to be on track for success in college and career. They were created through a state-led initiative and have been adopted by more than 40 states, including Missouri.  The Common Core State Standards have replaced our previous state standards.

What’s Different with The New Standards?

Shifts in English Language Arts (ELA)

Shifts in Mathematics

The Road Ahead…

Implementation of the standards is in the hands of Missouri’s state education leaders and school districts. Many states are taking advantage of the opportunity to work together, particularly by participating in the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and the Dynamic Learning Maps Assessment Consortium (alternate assessment)  to develop new formative and summative assessments.

New assessments will be in place in 2014-2015 and will replace existing summative assessments in ELA and math. 

What Do the Standards Mean for Me?

What Can the Higher Education Community Do Now?

The standards will be fully implemented in Missouri by 2014-2015 school year. In the meantime, members of the higher education community can help lay the groundwork for a smooth transition to the new standards, by:

Implementing the Standards in Missouri

Several efforts are underway in Missouri to bring the Common Core into our classrooms.