News Feed: Department of Elementary & Secondary Education /news-rss?filter=elementary_and_secondary_education News Feed: Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Tue, 23 Apr 2019 12:02:18 +0000 en-us FFA Students to be Honored at State Convention April 25-26 20591 at Mon, 22 Apr 2019 09:14:46 +0000 Missouri FFA is 25,375 members strong – the sixth highest state membership in the nation. Students will receive recognition for outstanding achievements in agriculture education at the 91st annual Missouri FFA Convention April 25-26. From food production to agriculture sales to livestock evaluation and more, FFA students receive comprehensive agriculture education and have the chance to be honored for their accomplishments. More than 8,000 FFA members, advisors and guests from across the state will gather for the convention at the University of Missouri’s Hearnes Center. State Board Returns Governance of St. Louis Public Schools to Elected Board 20561 at Tue, 16 Apr 2019 13:32:22 +0000 The State Board of Education today accepted a recommendation from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to dissolve the Transitional School District of St. Louis, effective July 1. The board noted that the Transitional School District has met the goals for which it was established. The vote means that governance of St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) will return to the elected board. The district has operated under the leadership of a Special Administrative Board (SAB) since 2007. Missouri Students Demonstrate Their Skills in State Showcase of Career and Technical Education 20526 at Wed, 03 Apr 2019 09:32:10 +0000 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 4-6 at State Technical College of Missouri in Linn. The students will be participating in more than 150 contests.  Margaret “Peggy” Landwehr to Serve as Chief Counsel to Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 20511 at Mon, 01 Apr 2019 08:54:26 +0000 Beginning April 1, Peggy Landwehr joins the staff of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as chief counsel. Landwehr makes the move from the Department of Social Services, where she was special counsel in the Division of Legal Services. Previously, she worked for several years with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office as assistant attorney general where she represented DESE on cases pertaining to the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), educator certification, school district boundaries and more. Calhoun R-VIII Earns Full Accreditation 20501 at Tue, 26 Mar 2019 12:49:07 +0000 The State Board of Education today approved a recommendation from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to classify Calhoun R-VIII as fully accredited based on the past several years of improvement. Missouri Adult Education Tops the Nation in Student Academic Achievement 20341 at Fri, 15 Mar 2019 11:58:29 +0000 Adult education program participants in Missouri lead the nation in achieving academic gain. For the period July 2017 to June 2018, 63 percent of the state’s adult learners advanced at least one educational level while enrolled in the program. Missouri was the top state in 2016-2017 and 2014-15 as well, and ranked second in 2015-16. Mary Sheid Named to Missouri State Board of Education 20311 at Wed, 13 Mar 2019 15:47:42 +0000 Missouri Governor Michael L. Parson named Mary Sheid to the State Board of Education on Tuesday afternoon. Sheid, whose appointment will fill out the eight-member board, is now subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate in the coming weeks. Missouri Students Receive National Community Service Recognition 19891 at Fri, 22 Feb 2019 10:28:33 +0000 Two Missouri students were named Missouri’s top youth volunteers for 2019 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring students for outstanding acts of volunteerism. Shae Smith (Bolivar) and Chloe Christensen (Lake Lotawana) will travel to Washington, D.C., in early May for the program’s national recognition events. Public Hearings Scheduled for Vocational Rehabilitation Services 19861 at Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:48:43 +0000 Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation (MVR) will conduct five public hearings throughout the state in March to gain feedback on ways to improve vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities. Input is welcome regarding MVR’s goals and priorities found in the current state plan. Public Hearings Schedule Annual Performance Reports for Educator Preparation Programs Now Available 19836 at Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:02:23 +0000 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 19796 at Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:19:33 +0000 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 19761 at Fri, 01 Feb 2019 07:57:09 +0000 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 19611 at Wed, 23 Jan 2019 10:13:40 +0000 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. State Board Announces New Missouri Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education 19201 at Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:03:54 +0000 The State Board of Education announced on Tuesday that Margie Vandeven has been hired to return to her role as the state’s commissioner for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Vandeven will begin her duties on January 2, 2019. Fee Increase for Missouri High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) 19136 at Wed, 07 Nov 2018 09:35:29 +0000 Beginning January 1, 2019, the fee to take each of the five High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) subtests will increase by 75 cents to $10.75. The total cost for all five tests will be $98.75: