Members of the State Board of Education (SBE) and Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) attended a joint meeting Monday to discuss collaborative efforts and the future of Missouri education. The work study session included discussion around the Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced assessments.
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.
At its June meeting, the State Board of Education adopted an instrument for early childhood readiness in Missouri after reviewing the results of a year-long pilot. In May, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education wrapped up a pilot of three readiness tools, which were tested in a variety of programs across the state serving children ages 3 through their kindergarten year.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is issuing guidance to Missouri school districts following theBreitenfeld v. School District of Clayton ruling from the Missouri Supreme Court last week. The guidance document will assist districts in managing requests from parents for student transfers from unaccredited to accredited districts.
Eight Missouri teachers were selected as state finalists for the 2013 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).
State finalists in mathematics are:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Winners of Missouri’s first School Breakfast Challenge were announced today by education officials in partnership with the Midwest Dairy Council.