Nearly 70,000 students nationwide attended the 91st National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis Oct. 24-27, and the Show-Me state topped the charts in several categories.
More than 68,000 members of the Missouri graduating class of 2018 took the ACT as 11th graders and earned an average composite score of 20. Nationally, 55 percent of the class of 2018 took the ACT, with a composite score of 20.8.
Missouri was among 17 states in which 100 percent of the graduating class took the ACT. The state composite score of 20 was the sixth highest among those states, tying with Montana and Wyoming. These results are from the final state-paid census testing.
The U.S. Department of Education has honored eight Missouri schools as 2018 Blue Ribbon Schools. The national award recognizes schools that perform at high academic levels (top 15 percent in the state based on assessment scores and graduation rates) or that perform at high levels while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students (top 15 percent in progress toward reducing the achievement gap).
The State Board of Education outlined the application and nomination process for selecting the next commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education during its September board meeting. The board will accept applications and nominations today, Sept. 19, through 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018.
For official application and nomination materials, please visit the following website: https://dese.mo.gov/commissioner.
Missouri Governor Michael L. Parson on Thursday named Kim Bailey and Dr. Don Claycomb to the State Board of Education. They will begin service on the board immediately as the sixth and seventh members of the eight-person board.
Shelly Parks realized early in her teaching career that the lessons students will remember from her classroom likely would have little to do with grammar, vocabulary or literature. So what does an English teacher do? Connect the classroom to the real world.
Seven Missouri educators have been selected as finalists for the 2019 Missouri Teacher of the Year award:
Six educators will be honored as Pioneers in Education on Monday, July 30, for their commitment and contributions to public education in Missouri.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will recognize the 2018 Pioneers during the 57th Annual Cooperative Conference for School Administrators at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. The ceremony will take place during a luncheon where more than 600 school district leaders are expected to be in attendance.
The following individuals will be honored:
Missouri was well represented at the recent 2018 National Technology Student Association (TSA) Conference in Atlanta, Ga. The Missouri TSA delegation of 122 students and 41 advisors from 28 middle and high schools participated in leadership development activities through the LEAP (Leadership. Education. Achievement. Personal Growth.) program and learned about community service while connecting with peers from neighboring states and across the country.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has announced the closure of two Missouri charter schools. Benjamin Banneker Charter Academy of Technology (Kansas City) and Preclarus Mastery Academy (St. Louis) each closed on June 30, 2018.
Benjamin Banneker Charter Academy of Technology
6401 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64131
To request student records, parties should contact the school directly at the number listed above or via email: