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Columbia Teacher Receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award

Information provided by the Milken Family Foundation

Oakland Middle School eighth grade math teacher Melissa Fike was presented the national Milken Educator Award today by Milken Educator Awards Senior Program Director Greg Gallagher and Missouri Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Dr. Margie Vandeven. The recognition comes with an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize for winners. Only one teacher from each participating state is selected to receive the Milken Educator Award each year.

Missouri Releases Building Level Per-Pupil Expenditures

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announces that Building Level Per-Pupil Expenditure information is available for the first time on a Missouri school district’s 2019 Annual Report Card. This change is part of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and its focus on ensuring equitable resources and opportunities for every student at every school. Previously, per-pupil expenditures were only reported at the district level.

Expenditures at buildings can vary for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to:

Ray-Pec Superintendent Named Deputy Commissioner of Financial & Administrative Services

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announces Dr. Kari Monsees as the new deputy commissioner of the Division of Financial and Administrative Services. He will assume this position on June 30, 2020, upon retiring as Superintendent of Schools at the Raymore-Peculiar School District. Dr. Roger Dorson, current deputy commissioner of the Division of Financial and Administrative Services, announced his retirement earlier this year. We are grateful that he has agreed to stay on in this position through June to allow for a smooth transition.

NAEP Releases Missouri’s Scores on Nationwide Report Card

Missouri’s 2019 scores in national math and reading assessments remained statistically steady in math at Grade 4 and Grade 8, as well as at Grade 8 reading, but fell in Grade 4 reading according to data released by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The state was in line with national averages in all four test categories during the 2019 testing window. Missouri’s 2019 scores were only statistically different from its 2017 results in one category: Grade 4 reading.

Missouri Announces 2019 Statewide ACT Results

More than 56,000 Missouri students in the graduating class of 2019 took the ACT. Missouri’s score placed the state slightly higher than the class of 2019’s national average. An estimated 82 percent of the 2019 Missouri graduating class completed the ACT with an average composite score of 20.8, while an estimated 52 percent of students nationwide took the exam with an average composite of score of 20.7.

Here are Missouri and national average composite scores as calculated by ACT in every subject:

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to File a Revised Version of MSIP 6 Proposed Rule

The State Board of Education approved a request to file a revised version of the proposed rule relating to the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) 6. The Department received nearly 1,500 comments during the August 2019 comment period that resulted in multiple revisions. The previous proposed rule will be withdrawn and a new proposed rule will be filed. The major changes to the new proposed rule include:

Missouri Releases 2019 Annual Performance Reports

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced the statewide Annual Performance Reports (APR) for the 2018-19 school year. Included in the data are academic achievement and subgroup achievement results in both English language arts and mathematics, as well as updated markers on a district or charter school’s college and career readiness, attendance and graduation rates.