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.
Missouri students have increased their scores on Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The latest data show that 12.2 percent of 2017 graduates in the state scored a 3 or better on AP exams, an increase of nearly one percent from 2016 and double the percentage from 2007.
Results from the latest Annual Performance Reports for Educator Preparation Programs (APR-EPPs) have been released to provide information about the programs to the public, particularly parents and students. The APR-EPPs are based on the latest five years of data from education preparation programs at Missouri colleges and universities.
Five public hearings on vocational rehabilitation services have been scheduled in March throughout the state. The hearings will be conducted by Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation (MVR) to gain feedback on ways to improve services for individuals with disabilities. Input is welcome regarding MVR’s goals and priorities found in the current state plan.
Schools from across the state of Missouri will be honored during the 2018 Powerful Learning Conference for their commitment to professional learning. Nearly 1,700 Missouri educators are expected to attend the conference Jan. 29-30 in Osage Beach.
The U.S. Department of Education has approved Missouri’s state plan for public education under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Missouri’s plan is a commitment to ensure that all students have equitable access to high-quality education to help prepare them for success in school and in life. Implementation of the major portion of the plan will begin in fall 2018.
The January meeting of the State Board of Education has been cancelled due to lack of a quorum.
The public hearing about the Fine Arts Work Group’s recommendations on academic standards will be held as scheduled at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9, in the State Board Meeting Room in the Jefferson Building, 205 Jefferson St., in Jefferson City.
A public hearing relating to the hiring of a new commissioner of education will be held as scheduled on Monday, Jan. 8, from 2-5 p.m. Doors will open to the public at 1:30 p.m. in the State Board Meeting Room.
During a board meeting held via conference call, members of the State Board of Education determined the process for choosing the next commissioner to lead the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The board decided to open the application process today, Dec. 15, and close applications at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.
In a closed meeting today, the Missouri Board of Education voted for new leadership for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). In a 5-3 vote, the members voted to replace Dr. Margie Vandeven as commissioner of education effective immediately. Dr. Vic Lenz, Mike Jones and Charlie Shields voted against the change in leadership. The majority of the members cited a need to move in a new direction for public education in Missouri.