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Missouri Students Honored by U.S. Department of 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.

Missouri’s Scores Hold Steady in Nation’s Report Card

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.

Missouri Students Demonstrate Their Skills in State Showcase of Career and Technical Education

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 Adult Education Tops the Nation in Student Advancement

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.