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.
Based on compliance with the approval process, the State Board has authorized seven charter schools in Missouri to continue operations. The charter schools are located in St. Louis and Kansas City:
The Office of Educator Quality today updated the State Board on the 2014 Annual Performance Report (APR) for educator preparation programs (EPPs) in Missouri. The APR allows the programs to see how well they are meeting state expectations for preparing teachers and school administrators and to determine where improvement is needed. The performance report is one step in the process of raising standards for Missouri’s educators and providing effective educators in every classroom helping children succeed.
Schools from across the state were recognized recently for their commitment to professional learning.