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Vol. 45, No. 95
Oct. 21, 2011

Regional Meetings Will Shape Educational Outcomes

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will host five public meetings across the state next week (Oct. 24-26) to collect feedback on how the state can measure progress toward new standards being adopted for public schools.

This will be the second set of regional meetings held this year for the Missouri School Improvement Program. The first round was conducted in June and July to help refine the state's newest set of accountability standards, known as MSIP 5. That rulemaking process is currently underway; the 30-day public comment period ends Nov. 2.

Meanwhile, education officials are developing a scoring guide for the new rules, once they are in place.

“We need input from our stakeholders to identify the principles our state values for educational outcomes and how to measure progress toward achieving Top 10 status through our accountability system,” said Margie Vandeven, assistant commissioner in the department's Office of Quality Schools. “These determinations are critical to promoting success for all students in Missouri.”

An example of the principles that the 150 invited participants may consider could be where to place a value on a school district's ability to drive academic gains among low-performing students in relation to the district's ability to achieve overall proficiency within its student body.

“As we work through this process, we continue to focus on the children we serve,” Vandeven said. “In the end, our challenge is to assure that Missouri public education provides all children a strong foundation that will support them as life-long learners.”

Once the principles and values are identified through the regional feedback meetings, the state will continue to work with technical experts to calculate valid and reliable measures. The accountability system will be designed to indicate the point at which a district is producing favorable educational outcomes for its students and when it is not.

Each of the five regional meetings will be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and are open to public observation.

October 24
Staley High School Special Events Center
North Kansas City School District
2800 NE Shoal Creek Parkway

Tinnin Fine Arts Center

Three Rivers Community College
2080 Three Rivers Blvd.

October 25
Kraft Administrative Center

Springfield Public Schools
1359 East St. Louis

Millennium Student Center

Century Rooms A & B (north campus)

University of Missouri-St. Louis
One University Blvd.

October 26
Gratz Brown Elementary School

Moberly School District
1320 Gratz Brown Rd.