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Sixteen High School Students Receive State Citizenship Award

Sixteen public high school seniors were honored Tuesday by the State Board of Education and The Missouri Bar as recipients of the 2013 Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship Award.

The students were recognized at a luncheon in Jefferson City where they were presented with a plaque and a certificate recognizing them as members of the American Bar Association Honor Roll for citizenship.

Missouri Educators Selected for National Dream Team Focused on Common Core

Three Missouri educators have been selected to participate in the 2013 LearnZillion Dream Team, a group of educators who create Common Core State Standards learning tools. These teachers were chosen based on their understanding of the Common Core Standards and their ability to create high-quality, highly conceptual lessons that are easily understood by students.

The 2013 Missouri Dream Team participants are:

Statement from Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro: Missouri Department of Education Applauds Thoughtful District and State Implementation of Common Core

Since the 2010 adoption of grades K-12 English language arts and mathematics Common Core State Standards, Missouri districts have been preparing for the transition to full implementation in school year 2014-2015. Yesterday's speech delivered by AFT President Randi Weingarten speaks to Missouri’s thoughtful approach.

Education Researchers Select Six Schools to Launch National Inclusion Initiative

Researchers at the University of Kansas have selected six schools from across the country to serve as models of inclusive education for KU’s five-year, $24.5 million K-eighth grade national education initiative called SWIFT (School-wide Integrated Framework for Transformation) funded by U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs in October 2012.

Students and Educators Honored for “Breaking Traditions” in Careers

Eight Missourians will be honored Friday, May 3, as state winners of the 2013 Missouri Breaking Traditions Awards. The awards will be presented during a ceremony at the Missouri State Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City.

The Breaking Traditions Awards honor students, educators and employers for their achievements related to nontraditional careers.

Missouri Pre-K Funding Declines

According to the State of Preschool 2012 report released Monday by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), Missouri’s pre-kindergarten funding suffered an 18 percent reduction in 2012, resulting in $500 less being spent per child. This is the lowest amount of state spending per child enrolled that’s been seen in the past 10 years.

Missouri now ranks 33rd of 40 states with programs for resources dedicated to pre-K, dropping from 32nd in 2011.

Two Missouri Seniors Named U.S. Presidential Scholars

Two Missouri high school seniors have been honored by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars.

Tiffany Lee, a student at Lindbergh High School in St. Louis, and Corey M. Matzat, a student at Branson High School, were named 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars for their academic achievement. They have been invited to attend National Recognition Weekend in June in Washington, D.C., where they will be awarded the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion.

College Content-readiness Policy Approved for Common Core Standards

A college content-readiness policy was approved last month by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s 21 governing states, including Missouri.

“The approval of the college content-readiness policy is part of the next step in the development of assessments of our college- and career-readiness content standards,” said Missouri Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro. “These assessments will help determine whether our students are college- and career-ready prior to leaving high school and provide the opportunity to intervene before remediation is needed.”

State Board Approves Missouri's Model Educator Evaluation System

The State Board of Education gave final approval Tuesday to a model evaluation system for educators in Missouri. More than 100 school districts across the state have been pilot testing the system during the 2012-2013 school year.

School districts can adopt the model system or implement a system of their own that aligns with seven Essential Principles of Effective Evaluation set by the state.

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