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Missouri Honors 2020 Breaking Traditions Winners

Seven individuals were recognized as recipients of Missouri’s 2020 Breaking Traditions awards. The Breaking Traditions awards honor students, educators and employers for their achievements related to nontraditional career paths. This year’s honorees were selected from a pool of 40 applicants, representing 25 Missouri high schools, career centers and community colleges.

The 2020 awards and recipients are as follows:

Public Hearings Schedule for Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Five public hearings on vocational rehabilitation services will take place throughout the state in March. The hearings will be conducted by Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation (MVR) to gain feedback on ways to improve services for individuals with disabilities. Input is welcome regarding MVR’s goals and priorities found in the current state plan.

Public Hearing Schedule

March 2
10:00 a.m. - noon


State Board of Education Approves Standards for MSIP 6

The State Board of Education approved Standards for the sixth iteration of the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) on Tuesday. As the state’s accountability system for reviewing and accrediting public school districts, MSIP has served as the state’s mechanism for promoting continuous improvement in schools since 1990 and has long been the driver of high expectations for academics.

Annual Performance Reports for Educator Preparation Programs Now Available

Results from the latest Annual Performance Reports for Educator Preparation Programs (APR-EPPs) have been released to provide information about Educator Preparation Programs to the public, particularly to those pursuing a career in teaching or an advanced degree in education. The APR-EPPs can help those individuals better determine the preparation program in Missouri that’s best suited for them.

St. Louis Area Educator Named Deputy Commissioner of Learning Services

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announces Dr. Tracy Hinds as the new deputy commissioner of the Division of Learning Services. She will assume this position on June 29, 2020. Dr. Hinds has served as the English language arts and social studies coordinator at the University City School District since 2016.

Missouri Students Show Improved Scores & Higher Participation in AP Exams

New data released shows 12.6 percent of Missouri’s 2019 graduates scored a 3 or better on their Advanced Placement (AP) exams, up from 12.2 percent in 2018 and seven percent in 2009. AP exam participation has also increased. Just over 21 percent of Missouri‘s 2019 graduates took AP classes in high school, up from 12 percent in 2009.

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: