To help Missouri meet its goal of preparing all high school graduates for success, the State Board of Education approved requirements this week for a new career and technical education (CTE) certificate that students can earn in addition to a high school diploma. The requirements were developed in consultation with the state’s CTE advisory council. Students must meet all of the requirements in order to earn the certificate.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is asking for public comment on Missouri’s consolidated state plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The plan provides the path by which programs and funds associated with ESSA are administered. The comment period is open until July 15, 2017.
Two Missouri high school students were chosen as members of the 53rd class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, as announced by the office of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
Erin Neely (Des Peres; Parkway South High School, Manchester) and Thomas Pointer (Gainesville; Gainesville R-V High School, Gainesville) earned top billing from Missouri, joining representatives from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and U.S. families living abroad.
Eleven additional Missouri students were selected as semifinalists:
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has named the recipients of this year’s Gold Star Schools. The program recognizes schools that perform at high academic levels or that perform at high levels while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students.
There are eight winning schools:
The State Board of Education today recertified the Joint Executive Governing Board (JEGB) for three years, effective July 1. DESE staff conducted a review of the Normandy Schools Collaborative (NSC) in the areas of academic achievement, culture and climate, improvement planning, educator effectiveness, and financial stability.
The U.S. Department of Education announced on Thursday that three Missouri schools were chosen as part of the 2017 Green Ribbon Schools program. McKelvey Elementary School (Maryland Heights), Parkway North High School (St. Louis) and Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School (Maplewood) are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education honored nine Missourians today as state winners of the 2017 Breaking Traditions Awards. The awards honor students, educators and employers for their achievements related to nontraditional career paths. The winners were recognized at a ceremony in Jefferson City.
These are the 2017 award recipients:
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.
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:
Two Missouri students will travel to Washington, D.C., May 6-9 to be recognized as part of a select group chosen as the nation’s top youth volunteers for 2017. Meredith Sharp (Springfield) and Madeline Domian (Fenton) were selected as Missouri’s top youth volunteers for this year as part of the 22nd annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.