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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

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.