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The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will hold a public hearing Thursday, April 28 to discuss improvement efforts and gather community feedback regarding the Normandy Schools Collaborative (NSC).
The hearing is open to the public and will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Normandy High School’s Viking Hall, 6701 St. Charles Rock Road in St. Louis. The hearing will begin immediately after a meeting of the NSC’s Joint Executive Governing Board.
Today the State Board of Education heard proposed criteria that would indicate when a school district under the governance of an appointed or Special Administrative Board is ready to return to an elected board. The Board directed Department staff at its February meeting to develop these conditions.
The State Board today approved new Missouri Learning Standards. Schools will begin to implement the standards during the 2016-17 school year.
“These standards represent thousands of hours of work, the majority of it done by volunteers,” said State Board President Charlie Shields. “These are true Missouri standards, developed by Missourians, and we should be proud.”
Missouri is the top state in the nation in educational gains among adult education students. For the period July 2014 to June 2015, 66 percent of the state’s adult education students advanced an educational level in the program. For example, a student may advance from an adult basic educational level to an adult secondary educational level. In other states, the segment of adult education students showing similar progress was between 23 and 63 percent. The numbers are based on data reported to the U.S.
The Academic Bowl team from Missouri School for the Deaf (MSD) will travel Washington, D.C., to compete as a wild-card team in the 2016 national Academic Bowl at Gallaudet University, a private university for the deaf and hard of hearing. Each year, 24 teams are chosen for the national competition. This year’s nationals will be held April 23-26.
Dr. Linda Godwin, a retired U.S. astronaut, will give the keynote address at Missouri’s first-ever statewide gathering for 7th grade girls focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The event was created by college and career consultants through the Department’s Office of College and Career Readiness. It will be held March 23 at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T). Dr. Godwin will wrap up the day’s activities with her keynote.
The State Board today heard updates to the proposed Missouri Learning Standards. Since the February Board meeting, Missouri educators and the public submitted more than 600 additional comments, and Department staff members have considered that feedback for incorporation into the proposed standards.