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Annual Performance Reports for Educator Preparation Programs Now Available

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 educator preparation programs at Missouri colleges and universities.

Bayless Elementary Special Education Teacher Wins Milken Educator Award

Therese Shain, a special education teacher with the Special School District of St. Louis County, was named a winner of the prestigious Milken Educator Award during a surprise assembly on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Bayless Elementary in St. Louis. Shain has worked at Bayless Elementary since 2008 and instructs students with a variety of learning needs in grades 3-5.

Missouri Releases Statewide Assessment Results

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced statewide results for both the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) and district Annual Performance Reports (APR) for the 2017-18 school year. More than 413,000 third- through eighth-grade students and an additional 175,000 high school students participated in the state’s testing program, leading to more than 1.05 million total assessments being administered to Missouri public and charter school students. 

Missouri Schools to be Recognized for Exemplary Professional Learning Opportunities

Nineteen Missouri schools will be honored during the 2019 Powerful Learning Conference for their commitment to professional learning opportunities for students. This year’s event will be held Jan. 28-29 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, and more than 1,600 Missouri educators are expected to attend.

DESE assistant commissioner Chris Neale will present awards to nine schools that have been named Exemplary Professional Learning Communities Schools for promoting cultures focused on collaborative learning while effectively using data to increase student achievement.

Missouri ACT Scores Released for Class of 2018

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.

Eight Missouri Schools Awarded Blue Ribbon Status

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).

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