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State Board Approves Top 10 by 20 Plan

On Tuesday, the State Board of Education approved the Department’s updated Top 10 by 20 plan for fiscal year 2015.

The plan is updated annually with actions and targets that provide greater focus, consistency, integration and impact on the goals and strategies of the Top 10 by 20 initiative, a statewide improvement effort that aims for student achievement in Missouri to rank among the Top 10 performing states in education by 2020.

The Process for Selection of a New Commissioner of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

  1. The State Board of Education will accept all nominations and applications in an open search for the position of Commissioner of Education. Nominations will be received at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Office, attention Robin Coffman, Chief of Staff, until close of business on Friday, Nov. 21. Complete application information will be posted on the the Department website.

State Board Holds Public Hearing on HB1490 Work Groups

The State Board of Education conducted the first of three public hearings on Monday to discuss education standards related to HB 1490.

HB 1490, which was passed into law during the 2014 legislative session, calls for work groups of education professionals and parents to develop and recommend academic performance standards in English language arts, mathematics, social studies and science. Monday’s hearing provided the public a chance to offer their comments and feedback to State Board members.

Third Grade Teacher from O’Fallon Wins Prestigious Milken Award

Jessica Karll, a third grade teacher at Discovery Ridge Elementary School in O’Fallon, has been named the winner of a Milken Educator Award that includes an unrestricted cash prize of $25,000. Wentzville R-IV district officials called a surprise assembly for the announcement today at Discovery Ridge. Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Foley of the Milken Educator Awards made the presentation. Dr.

Missouri Receives Extension for ESEA Waiver

Missouri has received a one-year extension for flexibility from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the U.S. Department of Education announced today. The extension runs through the 2014-15 school year.

“This is great news for Missouri and its school districts,” said Commissioner of Education Chris Nicastro. “It is important that states direct their own accountability systems setting ambitious goals and focusing on continuous improvement.”