The pilot year for Missouri’s Seal of Biliteracy (Missouri Seal) has been successful, with 163 Missouri Seals awarded to graduating seniors who have demonstrated proficiency in English and any of the world’s languages, including sign language. Here is the breakdown of Missouri Seals earned during the 2017-18 school year:
The 2018 Green Ribbon Schools program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, announced that four Missouri schools were selected for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.
Two Missouri high school students were chosen as members of the 54th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, as announced by the office of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
Michelle Li (Ballwin; Marquette High School, Chesterfield) and Alexander W. Donovan (Chesterfield; Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, St. Louis) were named as Missouri’s U.S. Presidential Scholars, joining 161 combined representatives from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and U.S. families living abroad.
Nine Missourians were honored as winners of the 2018 Missouri Breaking Traditions awards at a ceremony in Jefferson City on Monday, April 23. The Breaking Traditions awards honor students, educators and employers for their achievements related to nontraditional careers.
The 2018 awards and recipients are as follows:
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has named this year’s Missouri Gold Star Schools. The program recognizes schools that perform at high academic levels or that perform at high levels while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students.
There are eight winning schools:
More than 8,000 FFA students and guests from across the state will converge in Columbia on April 19-20 for the 90th annual Missouri FFA Convention. The event plans to honor fellow members for outstanding achievements, conduct association business, elect new officers and participate in leadership workshops.
Missouri’s scores in national math and reading assessments remained steady in 2017, while landing at or above the national averages in all four testing categories among students in the state scoring either basic, proficient, or advanced.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assesses fourth- and eighth-grade students across the country in math and reading every two years. Missouri’s 2017 scores were not statistically different than those in 2015, as nearly 2,300 Missouri students were tested in each subject/grade.
More than 2,300 career and technical education students from high schools and colleges across the state will compete at SkillsUSA Missouri’s State Leadership and Skills Conference April 5 and 6 at State Technical College of Missouri in Linn. The students will be demonstrating their skills in more than 150 contests.
Missouri is the top state in the nation in academic gains among adult education students. For the period July 2016 to June 2017, 65 percent of the state’s adult education students advanced an educational level in the program. For example, a student may advance from an adult basic educational level to an adult secondary educational level. Missouri was the top state in 2014-15 as well, and ranked second in 2015-16.
Two Missouri students were named Missouri’s top youth volunteers for 2018 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring students for outstanding acts of volunteerism. Sophie Bernstein (Clayton) and Katelyn Ravasini (Lee’s Summit R-VII) will travel to Washington, D.C., in late April for the program’s national recognition events.