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Missouri Students Recognized as U.S. Presidential Scholars

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:

State Board Authorizes Extension for Normandy Joint Executive Governing Board

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.

Three Missouri Schools Recognized by Green Ribbon Schools Program

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.

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.