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Teacher of the Year, Finalists to Be Honored Monday

Jamie Manker, Missouri's 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year, (MOVE LINKS OVER) and the six finalists for the award will be honored by state education officials at a banquet Monday in Jefferson City.

Manker is a social studies teacher and department chair at Rockwood Summit High School in Fenton.

The awards will be presented by Mike Jones, vice president of the State Board of Education, and Missouri Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro.

State Board of Education Hears Update on Long-Term Plan for Unaccredited Districts

On Monday, the State Board of Education received an update from CEE-Trust (Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust) about their process of creating a comprehensive plan to address the needs of children in the unaccredited Kansas City school district.

CEE-Trust Executive Director Ethan Gray made the presentation to the board, along with Bryan Hassel, co-director of Public Impact, a consulting group that works with education leaders and policymakers.

State Board of Education Takes No Action on Kansas City Accreditation

After reviewing the district's years of struggling academic performance, today the State Board of Education took no action on a request from the Kansas City school district for provisional accreditation. This means that the district will remain unaccredited. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education notified the district earlier this month that it would not recommend a change in accreditation to the State Board of Education at its October meeting.

Missouri Students Score above Average in International Comparison

A comparison of eighth-grade student test scores from the U. S. and international educational systems shows Missouri students ranking above average in math and science, according to the results of a new study by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES). Results from the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) were used as a basis for the study.

State Sets Public Hearings on Riverview Gardens School District

State education officials will hold hearings Nov. 20 and Dec. 16 to discuss the accreditation status and options for the future regarding the Riverview Gardens School District.

The hearings will be open to the public and will take place from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Riverview Gardens School District Family Community Resource Center, 1160 St. Cyr Road, St. Louis.

Missouri Scores Hold Steady in Nation’s Report Card

Test scores in math and reading for Missouri fourth-grade and eighth-grade students are virtually unchanged from two years ago, according to the latest report from the National Center for Educational Statistics.

“We still have work to do to reach our Top 10 By 20 goals,” said Chris Nicastro, Commissioner of Education. “It’s our job to help all Missouri students achieve their potential and graduate ready for college and career.”

Missouri Schools Implementing Common Core State Standards

Most of Missouri’s school districts have started the process of implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), a recent survey conducted by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shows.

The survey, which was completed by approximately 6,000 teachers and administrators from across the state, reveals 70 percent of respondents have or are currently in the process of implementing the CCSS.

Public Hearing Held at Normandy

Close to 200 people attended a public hearing Monday night regarding the future of the Normandy School District in north St. Louis.

The hearing was an opportunity for students, parents, teachers and community members to share their thoughts with state education officials and school administrators. Feedback given at the meeting will help inform a long-range plan for the future of the unaccredited district.