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.
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.
The Department named the recipients of this year's Gold Star Schools on Thursday. 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:
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.
Missouri has the lowest-cost school commodities distribution system in the country. Each case of food costs $1.84 for delivery, 38 cents for handling, and 22 cents for storage. Why only 22 cents? Because Missouri stores all of its school commodity supply in a cave! The cave’s constant temperature reduces the cost of refrigeration.
The State Board of Education today heard an update on efforts to ensure that all students in Missouri public schools have access to excellent teachers in every subject. Missouri has developed strategies to address teacher workforce quality and diversity, recruitment and retention, and training and support to increase the number of teachers and leaders in challenging geographic or subject areas.
Two Missouri high school students were selected as members of the 52nd class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, as announced by U.S. Secretary of Education John King.
The Department has chosen Dr. Roger Dorson as deputy commissioner of the Division of Financial and Administrative Services. Dr. Dorson has worked for the Department for nine years, and will step into his new role on July 1. He will assume the duties of Dr. Ronald Lankford, who is retiring.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will hold a public hearing Thursday, May 5. District officials will discuss their efforts to return the Riverview Gardens School District to accredited status. Community members will have an opportunity to offer feedback.