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New Program to Provide Transition Assistance for Students with Disabilities

A new statewide program will expand services to Missouri students with disabilities beginning with the 2015-16 school year.

The Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) program will offer work-related supports to public school students in Missouri who are not yet eligible for similar services through Vocational Rehabilitation. The program was made possible through legislative changes to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA).

Missouri Students Exceed Expectations on 2015 MAP Assessments

In the first assessment of new standards in English language arts and mathematics, Missouri students’ results were higher in nearly every category than results from field tests administered in 2014. This was the first year the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests were administered online for grades 3 through 8. End-of-Course exams for high school students have been computer-based since 2010.

Teacher Academy Launching this Fall Offers Training and Support

As many as two hundred teachers across Missouri will enhance their classroom instruction skills through a professional development opportunity offered by the Department. Teacher Academy focuses on student engagement, instructional strategies and reflection on practices that align with the Missouri State Teacher Standards. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with other highly dedicated teachers in their region and throughout the state.

Missouri to Honor Pioneers in Education

Five educators will be honored Monday, July 27, as Pioneers in Education for their commitment and contributions to public education in Missouri.

The Department will recognize the 2015 Pioneers during the 54th Annual Cooperative Conference for School Administrators at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. The ceremony will take place during a luncheon where more than 500 district leaders are expected to be in attendance.

July 2015

Missouri Teachers Win National Math and Science Award

Two Missouri teachers have been honored with a prestigious national award.

Kathleen Dwyer of the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District and Ruth Knop from the Parkway School District were named winners of the 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

The annual award honors some of the country’s top science and mathematics teachers. The winners are selected by a panel of scientists, mathematicians and educators.