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Current Version of GED Test to Expire December 2013

Individuals seeking to obtain their Missouri High School Equivalency Certificate by taking the General Educational Development (GED©) test have until the end of 2013 to pass the current test series, known as the 2002 Series GED© Test. The current test will be replaced with a new assessment beginning January 2, 2014.

The new test will continue determining high school equivalency, but will also measure the knowledge and skills necessary for college- and career-readiness.

State Launches Leadership Development Program for Educators

Missouri is offering a new professional development program for school leaders aimed at raising student achievement. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is partnering with the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL) to offer their Executive Development Program via the Missouri Leadership for Excellence, Achievement and Development (MoLEAD) project.

State Board of Education Approves Updated Resource and Process Standards

The Missouri State Board of Education gave final approval Tuesday to updated standards that provide guidance to local school districts in a number of areas, from curriculum and class size to college and career planning.

The State Board gave preliminary approval to the standards in September 2012, followed by a 30-day public comment period. The Department received comments during that time and made changes to the standards based on public input.

Lee's Summit Educator Recognized in First Annual 'Leaders to Learn From' Report

A Lee's Summit educator has been honored as one of 15 top school district leaders in the nation in Education Week's first annual "Leader to Learn From" report.

Kyle Pace, an instructional technology specialist, was recognized for his work using social media to improve professional development for teachers in the Lee's Summit School District.

CTE Program Participation Increases in Missouri

Participation in career and technical education (CTE) programs is growing statewide. During the 2011-2012 school year, 63 percent (or 181,418) of Missouri high school students participated in at least one CTE program. This is a 3 percent increase over the previous year.

CTE programs combine academics and occupational skills training, allowing students to learn more about possible career paths in agriculture, business, health sciences, family consumer sciences, skilled technical sciences, and marketing and cooperative education.

Public Hearings Scheduled for Vocational Rehabilitation State Plan

Five public hearings on vocational rehabilitation services have been scheduled in February and March throughout the state. The hearings will be conducted by Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation (MVR) to gain feedback on ways to improve services for individuals with disabilities. Input regarding the goals and priorities for MVR’s upcoming revised state plan is welcome.

Public Hearing Schedule

February 26

Pilot Program Aims to Put Missouri Students on Path to Career Success

Preparing students in Missouri for the jobs of the future is the focus of a new partnership that is bringing together educators, policymakers and employers.

State leaders participating in the Pathways to Prosperity Network met February 7 in St. Louis to continue their work on developing a system of "career pathways" designed to help high-school students succeed in college, other types of training and the workplace.

State Education Department Recognizes Schools

Eleven Missouri schools were recognized last month as Professional Learning Communities Exemplary Schools by state education officials for their outstanding performance in implementing the professional learning community process. These schools promote cultures focused on learning with collaborative teams and effectively using data to increase student achievement.

The 2012-13 Exemplary Schools Award recipients are: