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.

  • The standards establish 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.
  • With a clear roadmap of academic expectations, students, parents and teachers can work together toward shared goals.
  • The standards are relevant to the real world, focusing on the knowledge and skills students will need to succeed in life after high school, in both post-secondary education and a globally competitive workforce.
  • A diverse team of teachers, parents, administrators, researchers and content experts developed the Common Core to be academically rigorous, attainable for students, and practical for teachers and districts.

What’s Different with The New Standards?

Shifts in English Language Arts (ELA)

  • Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction and informational texts in addition to literature
  • Reading and writing grounded in evidence from the text
  • Regular practice with complex text and its academic vocabulary (words like commit and synthesize)

Shifts in Mathematics

  • Focus: 2-4 critical areas focused on deeply in each grade
  • Coherence: Concepts logically connected from one grade to the next and linked to other major topics within the grade
  • Rigor: Fluency with arithmetic, application of knowledge to real world situations, and deep understanding of mathematical concepts

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?

  • The need for remediation among students entering Missouri postsecondary institutions unprepared for postsecondary work cost the state nearly $91 million during the 2007–08 school year.
  • The Common Core State Standards will ensure that students graduate high school prepared to succeed in credit-bearing college courses without the need for remediation. Over time, this can translate into lower remediation rates, higher rates of college completion and significant savings to the state, students and their families.
  • While the Common Core does not impact admission criteria, assessments aligned to the standards will provide colleges and universities with the information they need to accurately place students in the appropriate courses.
  • The clarity of the standards will allow teacher preparation programs to provide the best possible training for future educators, including more opportunities for clinical experience and professional development.
  • The Common Core State Standards align with college-ready standards developed by the Curriculum Alignment Initiative during joint meetings with secondary and post-secondary faculty in 2008-2010, as required by state statute.

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:

  • Representing the voice of higher education in the development of Common Core-aligned assessments.
  • Preparing and educating teachers, both prospective and practicing, including revising curriculum in disciplinary departments to prepare teachers to teach the Common Core, revising professional preparation coursework and experiences, and working in partnerships with professional development programs.
  • Conducting research on issues of teaching and learning the Common Core State Standards, teacher quality, and the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

Implementing the Standards in Missouri

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

  • Missouri higher education representatives are participating in assessment consortia to  ensure assessment tools and content align with entry-level college standards
  • Missouri higher education representatives participate in the College Readiness Partnership, convened by executive officer associations from K-12 and higher education, to promote broad implementation of Common Core State Standards
  • In-service teachers are receiving professional development opportunities to incorporate the new standards into curricula
  • Pre-service teachers receive instruction in implementing the new standards
  • The departments of elementary and secondary education  and higher education have worked together to ensure K-12 standards and entry-level college standards are in alignment