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Ray-Pec Superintendent Named Deputy Commissioner of Financial & Administrative Services

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announces Dr. Kari Monsees as the new deputy commissioner of the Division of Financial and Administrative Services. He will assume this position on June 30, 2020, upon retiring as Superintendent of Schools at the Raymore-Peculiar School District. Dr. Roger Dorson, current deputy commissioner of the Division of Financial and Administrative Services, announced his retirement earlier this year. We are grateful that he has agreed to stay on in this position through June to allow for a smooth transition.

NAEP Releases Missouri’s Scores on Nationwide Report Card

Missouri’s 2019 scores in national math and reading assessments remained statistically steady in math at Grade 4 and Grade 8, as well as at Grade 8 reading, but fell in Grade 4 reading according to data released by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The state was in line with national averages in all four test categories during the 2019 testing window. Missouri’s 2019 scores were only statistically different from its 2017 results in one category: Grade 4 reading.

Missouri Announces 2019 Statewide ACT Results

More than 56,000 Missouri students in the graduating class of 2019 took the ACT. Missouri’s score placed the state slightly higher than the class of 2019’s national average. An estimated 82 percent of the 2019 Missouri graduating class completed the ACT with an average composite score of 20.8, while an estimated 52 percent of students nationwide took the exam with an average composite of score of 20.7.

Here are Missouri and national average composite scores as calculated by ACT in every subject:

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to File a Revised Version of MSIP 6 Proposed Rule

The State Board of Education approved a request to file a revised version of the proposed rule relating to the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) 6. The Department received nearly 1,500 comments during the August 2019 comment period that resulted in multiple revisions. The previous proposed rule will be withdrawn and a new proposed rule will be filed. The major changes to the new proposed rule include:

Missouri Releases 2019 Annual Performance Reports

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced the statewide Annual Performance Reports (APR) for the 2018-19 school year. Included in the data are academic achievement and subgroup achievement results in both English language arts and mathematics, as well as updated markers on a district or charter school’s college and career readiness, attendance and graduation rates.

Eight Missouri Schools Earn Blue Ribbon Accolades

The U.S. Department of Education has recognized eight Missouri schools as 2019 Blue Ribbon Schools. The national award recognizes schools that perform at high academic levels (top 15 percent in the state based on assessment scores and graduation rates) or that perform at high levels while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students (top 15 percent in progress toward reducing the achievement gap).

The 2019 Missouri Blue Ribbon Schools include:

Fordland R-III Educator Named 2020 Missouri Teacher of the Year

Welcome to Fordland, Missouri. A small, quiet community in southwest Missouri with good schools and a good quality of life.

The home page of the City of Fordland’s website provides a succinct description of what visitors will find in this quaint community, located in southern Webster County less than 30 miles east of Springfield.

However, what the depiction fails to note, the education community in the region already knows: Melissa Grandel symbolizes what a top-flight educator truly is; her commitment to her hometown district is unparalleled.