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Still Receives Friend of Education Award

Russell Still, a member of the Missouri State Board of Education, was honored recently by the Missouri National Education Association (MNEA) for his contributions to public education.

Still was presented with a Horace Mann Friend of Education Award.

"This award recognizes Russell's dedication to the students of our state," said Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro. "As a member of the State Board and a former local school board member he has given a great deal of time and energy to improving public education in Missouri."

Trenton High School Receives National Breakthrough Schools Award

Trenton High School has been recognized for its work to improve student achievement by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

The high school is one of 10 schools nationwide to receive a MetLife Foundation-NASSP Breakthrough Schools award for 2013.

The award recognizes middle schools and high schools that serve large numbers of low-income students and are high achieving or are dramatically improving student achievement.

Practice Tests Provide Preview of New Statewide Student Assessments

Schools across Missouri can now participate in practice tests to help them prepare for new statewide assessment testing set to begin during the 2014-2015 school year.

The practice tests will allow teachers, parents and students to try out the new online Smarter Balanced assessment system. Sample test questions were made available to the public Wednesday at smarterbalanced.org/practice-test/.

Missouri Ranked Top 10 in Nation for Graduation Rate by Diplomas Count

Missouri ranks eighth in the nation for graduating 80.7 percent of its high school students in 2010, according to the Diplomas Count 2013 report released today by Education Week and the Editorial Projects in Education (EPE) Research Center. This is the second year the state has been in the top 10 and the fourth consecutive year the state has seen growth in its graduation rate.

Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation Eliminates Waiting List for Services

Individuals with disabilities who are eligible for assistance through Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation no longer have to wait for services to help them enter the work force.

State officials say efforts to improve efficiency and cost effectiveness, coupled with additional federal funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), have enabled the agency to eliminate a waiting list for individuals seeking career counseling, vocational training, job placement and other services.

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