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Work Begins on New Version of the Missouri School Improvement Program

As part of Missouri’s efforts to ensure that every child is prepared to succeed after graduation, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Office of Quality Schools has begun work on the sixth version of the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP 6), the state’s accountability system for reviewing and accrediting public school districts. Signup is available now for anyone who is interested in collaborating in the development of MSIP 6 standards.

Missouri Releases First Annual Performance Reports for Educator Preparation Programs

The first release of Annual Performance Reports for educator preparation programs (APR-EPPs) was presented at today’s State Board of Education meeting. The APR-EPPs are based on five years of reporting by educator preparation programs at Missouri colleges and universities. The report also gives the public, particularly parents and students, reliable information about each program’s performance.

The APR-EPP is divided into four performance levels:

Public Hearings Scheduled for Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Six public hearings on vocational rehabilitation services have been scheduled 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. Officials will gather input regarding MVR’s goals and priorities found in the current state plan.

Potential topics discussed will include:

Missouri Doubles Number of Students Scoring Qualified or Better on AP Exams

Missouri students have increased their scores on Advanced Placement (AP) exams over the past decade, according to the latest data. AP classes offer several advantages for students, including portability of scores to a variety of colleges and universities in Missouri and across the country. Students who score 3 or higher have been shown to earn higher grade point averages in college, and they are more likely to graduate from college in four years. A score of 3 indicates a student is qualified in a subject, 4 is well qualified, and 5 is extremely well qualified.

Missouri Schools Acknowledged for Professional Learning Opportunities

Sixteen schools from across the state of Missouri will be honored during the 2017 Powerful Learning Conference Jan. 30-31 in Osage Beach for their commitment to professional learning.

The schools have been named Professional Learning Communities Exemplary Schools for promoting cultures focused on collaborative learning while effectively using data to increase student achievement.

The 2016-17 award winners are:

State Board Grants Provisionally Accredited Status to Riverview Gardens School District

At its meeting today, the State Board of Education reclassified Riverview Gardens School District as provisionally accredited, following a Department presentation outlining the district’s improvements over the past few years. The classification will be effective January 4, 2017, which is the first day of the second semester of the Riverview Gardens school year.