Missouri needs to get more specific about what it expects students to know about American history to get a better grade on the report card issued by the Fordham Institute. Fordham flunks Missouri on the report cards ofthe states it just released. Researcher Kathleen Porter says the institute doesn’t have a problem with the overall goals Missouri sets out for history, outlined in four questions, but with the lack of specifics to achieve thosegoals. Porter recommends the state outline what core historical knowledge it expects students to obtain. Missouri is one of a number of states that get a failing grade from the Fordham Institute. Only six states received an “A”. They are Alabama, Arizona, California, Indiana, Massachusetts and New York.