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New Assessments Focus on Preparing Future Teachers for the Classroom

The State Board of Education reviewed Missouri's progress on implementing new assessments to help prepare future teachers for the classroom at its meeting Tuesday in Jefferson City.

The new assessments for the state's educator preparation programs are being phased in over the next two years for prospective teachers, as well as guidance counselors, librarians and school administrators.

Columbia Students Sweep National Culinary and Baking Contests

Two Columbia Area Career Center (CACC) students took first place in their respective fields at the 49th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference competition for high school students. Hailey King, 2013 Rock Bridge Senior High School graduate, won the culinary arts competition and Heather Pitt, 2013 David H. Hickman High School graduate, won the commercial baking competition.

Education Officials Praise Signing of Unaccredited School District Legislation

State education officials are pleased that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law today Senate Bill 125, which gives the State Board of Education more flexibility to take action when a school district becomes unaccredited.

The new law eliminates the required two-year waiting period before the Board can intervene in the governance of an unaccredited school district. Removing the waiting period allows the Board to act in a timely manner.

Governor, National Education Experts Set to Speak at Annual Conference

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and three national education experts will be the featured speakers at Missouri's annual conference for school administrators July 28-30 in Columbia.

More than 500 superintendents, principals and other school leaders from across the state are expected to attend the 52nd Annual Cooperative Conference for School Administrators. The event is sponsored by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Pioneers in Education to be Recognized by State

Five individuals will be honored Monday as Pioneers in Education for their commitment and contributions to public education in Missouri.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will formally recognize the 2013 Pioneers as part of the 52nd annual Cooperative Conference for School Administrators at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Mo. More than 500 school district leaders will be in attendance.