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The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education teamed up with the Missouri Departments of Mental Health and Social Services on Thursday for a training session that provided training and resources for St. Louis area educators regarding the recent events in Ferguson.
As part of an effort to increase rigor in instruction and overall student achievement within the Normandy Schools Collaborative, secondary and middle school teachers in the district have received professional development from trainers with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI).
As summer comes to a close, so do two internships at the IBM Delivery Center in Columbia, Mo., in partnership with the Department’s Pathways to Prosperity initiative. Rachel Million, Centralia, and Andrew Krall, Columbia, spent eight weeks working with a team that virtually builds servers for clients.
After nearly a decade of scoring at 21.6, Missouri graduates have raised their ACT composite score to 21.8. The composite is higher than the national average of 21, and composite scores in each of the four ACT subject areas have increased over the past five years.
The Department is in receipt of the Auditor’s letter regarding the procurement process used to award the contract for a study of options to address chronic under-performing schools. We appreciate the Auditor’s feedback.
We would also like to note several important points:
1. The letter is the result of a “limited review and analysis of the procurement process” by the Auditor’s office. Preliminary discussions determined that an official audit was unnecessary, resulting in a review process.
The Department and State Board of Education will have to evaluate and determine what options exist for the future of the children in Normandy. If student transfers continue as they did last year, it is clear that the Normandy Schools Collaborative will not have sufficient funds to finish the 2014-15 school year.
The State Board of Education heard an update during Tuesday’s State Board meeting regarding proposed criteria for districts to be classified as “Accredited with Distinction.”
Under the proposal, districts must earn at least 90 percent of the points possible on the current Annual Performance Report (APR), and APR status scores for all standards must be “On Track” or “2020 Target.” The classification will be made using each year’s APR from the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP 5) which includes the following standards:
Schools in the St. Louis area are starting this week and next. This should be a time of excitement and renewal, not tragedy and despair. Sadly, Michael Brown will never have the chance to pursue his dreams. We implore the wonderful people of North County to surround the children in the area with care and concern. This strong community has overcome racial divisions for many years. Now is the time to demonstrate how to live together with peace, justice and a shared commitment to a bright future for all.