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Missouri Teacher Assessment Tests Classroom Teaching Skills

The State Board of Education approved a recommendation for a passing score on the Missouri Pre-Service Teachers Assessment (MoPTA) this week. The MoPTA measures an educator candidate’s ability to apply what he or she has learned to real teaching environments with K-12 students.

The new passing score sets a new standard for student teachers as part of the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA). The MoPTA consists of four tasks, and the fourth task includes a video or non-video requirement that allows evaluators to assess teacher candidates in action in the classroom.

Missouri 2016-17 Regional Teachers of the Year Named

For the first time, the Department is honoring Regional Teachers of the Year, allowing the state to recognize more outstanding teachers as part of the Missouri Teacher of the Year program. Thirty-one teachers are being honored in their regions. They are now eligible for the state teacher of the year award:

Shannon Waldo, Billings R-IV – music, Billings Junior and Senior High Schools

Morgan Payton, Blue Springs – agriculture science, Blue Springs Freshman Center

Missouri Improving Teacher Education Programs

Educators from K-12, higher education and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education are working to systematically improve the preparation of Missouri teachers through a group called Missouri Transforming Educator Preparation (MoTEP). Representatives of MoTEP presented updates on their work to the Missouri State Board of Education and the Coordinating Board for Higher Education in a joint meeting this week.

Missouri Honors Pioneers in Education

Six educators will be honored on Monday, Aug. 1, as Pioneers in Education for their commitment and contributions to public education in Missouri.

The Department will recognize the 2016 Pioneers during the 55th Annual Cooperative Conference for School Administrators at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. The ceremony will take place during a luncheon where more than 500 school district leaders are expected to be in attendance.

Missouri Teachers Named Finalists for Presidential Teaching Award

Ten Missouri teachers have been selected as finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The 2016 state finalists come from kindergarten through sixth grades, as the PAEMST award honors the nation’s best K-12 mathematics and science teachers on a two-year rotating cycle. Nominations may be submitted by anyone, with the application consisting of three components: administrative, narrative, and video.

State Board of Education Takes Action to Update Personal Finance Learning Standards

Today the Missouri State Board of Education approved the creation of a work group to review the state’s personal finance learning standards. This will be the first review of the standards since 2006, when the State Board revised graduation requirements for Missouri students to include one-half credit of personal finance.

Riverview Gardens Accreditation Recommendation Postponed Until Fall

The State Board of Education today took no action on Riverview Gardens School District’s request for reclassification as provisionally accredited. The Board acknowledged the district’s significant improvement efforts. A review of the district provided evidence of improved student learning, curriculum implementation, and teacher evaluation methods.

Ladue Teacher Named Missouri History Teacher of the Year

Robert A. Good, a teacher at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, has been named the 2016 Missouri History Teacher of the Year. He will receive a $1,000 honorarium and will be eligible for National History Teacher of the Year honors in New York City. In addition, the Ladue Horton Watkins High School library will receive a core archive of history books and educational materials.