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Career and Technical Education Advisory Council Approaches Transition

The State Board of Education heard an update on an upcoming transition from a current interim advisory committee to an appointed advisory council on career and technical education on Tuesday. Members of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) staff and Dr. Don Claycomb, former president of State Technical College of Missouri, presented the upcoming changes.

Savannah R-III Elementary Teacher Named 2016-17 Missouri Teacher of the Year

A passion for education developed in the heart of Darbie Valenti years ago, when the actions of an elementary school art teacher changed her life.

“School is what saved me,” Valenti said. “It shaped me, and it determined my life. I am purposeful in my mission to make sure that it does the same for the students in my classroom, because my life is visible evidence that one teacher’s ability to see potential makes all the difference to a child.”

Statewide 2016 MAP Results Released

Each year, Missouri administers statewide tests using the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to give students, teachers and parents an objective way to see how well students are learning. The tests are among the measures the department uses to gauge student progress in Missouri public schools. Missouri moved away from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, and the 2016 results reflect student performance on a Missouri test.

Seven Finalists Selected for 2016-17 Missouri Teacher of the Year

Finalists have been named for the 2016-17 Missouri Teacher of the Year award. Nominations for the award were submitted by school districts throughout the state, and the finalists were chosen by a selection committee appointed by the Department. The seven finalists were narrowed from a list of 31 regional teachers of the year.

The finalists for this year include:

Results of the First Census Administration of the ACT® Released for Missouri Students

ACT® results for Missouri’s graduating class of 2016 are now available. For the first time, the results reflect the performance of an entire senior class, resulting in a new baseline for the state. Therefore, the latest results cannot be compared with previous years. In 2015, Missouri began offering a one-time administration of the ACT® to all 11th graders in the state at no cost to the student. Those students’ scores are included in the ACT® data released today.

Statewide Meetings Planned to Gather Feedback on Missouri Education

What matters most to you about public education in Missouri? The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will hold a series of public meetings around the state to give educators and the public an opportunity to provide feedback on Missouri’s priorities for education. The department will use the feedback as it develops a vision for the future of Missouri public schools.

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