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Missouri Schools to be Recognized for Exemplary Professional Learning Opportunities

Nineteen Missouri schools will be honored during the 2019 Powerful Learning Conference for their commitment to professional learning opportunities for students. This year’s event will be held Jan. 28-29 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, and more than 1,600 Missouri educators are expected to attend.

DESE assistant commissioner Chris Neale will present awards to nine schools that have been named Exemplary Professional Learning Communities Schools for promoting cultures focused on collaborative learning while effectively using data to increase student achievement.

Missouri ACT Scores Released for Class of 2018

More than 68,000 members of the Missouri graduating class of 2018 took the ACT as 11th graders and earned an average composite score of 20. Nationally, 55 percent of the class of 2018 took the ACT, with a composite score of 20.8.

Missouri was among 17 states in which 100 percent of the graduating class took the ACT. The state composite score of 20 was the sixth highest among those states, tying with Montana and Wyoming. These results are from the final state-paid census testing.

Eight Missouri Schools Awarded Blue Ribbon Status

The U.S. Department of Education has honored eight Missouri schools as 2018 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).

Missouri State Board of Education Opens Commissioner Search

The State Board of Education outlined the application and nomination process for selecting the next commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education during its September board meeting. The board will accept applications and nominations today, Sept. 19, through 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018.

For official application and nomination materials, please visit the following website: https://dese.mo.gov/commissioner.    

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