The Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation Springfield North District Office and Alternative Opportunities (AO) have been recognized for their joint work in increasing job opportunities for adults with mental illnesses.
The Missouri Assessment Program, or MAP tests, began this week for some schools and includes several new features.
Changes to this year’s tests include:
The State Board of Education today voted to restore the Normandy Schools Collaborative’s unaccredited classification. The district’s Joint Executive Governing Board (JEGB) will remain in place.
Families in the Normandy district have made it clear they want high-quality schools in their own neighborhoods. In response to that desire, and in an effort to preserve the financial stability of the Normandy Schools Collaborative, the State Board brought Normandy schools under state oversight in July 2014.
Two Missouri students were recently honored as Prudential Spirit of Community Award winners for their outstanding acts of volunteerism.
Missouri’s 2015 youth volunteer winners are:
Statement from Commissioner of Education Dr. Margie Vandeven:
“We are saddened to hear of the passing of state Auditor Tom Schweich. We appreciated his high standards for state government and his dedication to his work. Schweich will be missed as a public servant. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.”
This lawsuit deals with our membership in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium of states that are working together to create common tests. It does not impact the use of the tests themselves. We do not expect this to impact the administration of statewide tests this spring.
The Department’s General Counsel is reviewing the ruling and considering our legal options.
In light of the court ruling on Normandy’s accreditation coming after the Feb. 1 deadline to transfer, the Department is updating its student transfer guidelines. The new deadline for Normandy parents to notify the district that they wish to transfer their students in the 2015-16 school year is April 1, 2015. It is important to note that this guidance is non-regulatory. It is offered to help districts effectively manage the school transfer process.
The Normandy Schools Collaborative Joint Executive Governing Board (JEGB) will continue to operate with four members for the immediate future. Dr. Charles Pearson resigned as chairman of the JEGB in January to become Normandy’s interim superintendent.