News Feed: Department of Elementary & Secondary Education /news-rss?filter=elementary_and_secondary_education News Feed: Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:19:27 +0000 en-us Missouri Board of Education Sets Process for Commissioner Selection 15856 at Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:10:13 +0000 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. Missouri Board of Education Removes Commissioner of Education 15686 at Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:08:01 +0000 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. State Board Grants Provisional Accreditation to Normandy Schools Collaborative 15671 at Fri, 01 Dec 2017 10:01:47 +0000 The State Board of Education voted today to classify the Normandy Schools Collaborative as provisionally accredited following several years of improvement in the district. The board accepted a recommendation from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to grant provisionally accredited status based on improvements in student performance, operations, and school culture and climate. The new classification is effective beginning Jan. 2, the beginning of second semester. Missouri School for the Deaf Hires New Superintendent 15666 at Wed, 29 Nov 2017 15:20:28 +0000 The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has announced George Stailey as superintendent at the Missouri School for the Deaf (MSD). Mr. Stailey brings many years of experience at the Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD), including 10 years as superintendent. Other experiences at ISD include teaching preschool and middle school, working as a student development educator in the residence halls, serving as dean of boys, and working as the assistant to the superintendent. Mr. No Change in Leadership for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 15631 at Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:45:17 +0000 In a closed meeting today, the Missouri Board of Education discussed potential personnel changes for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The motion to remove Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven as head of the agency failed in a 4-4 vote. Eddy Justice, Doug Russell, Sonny Jungmeyer and Jennifer Edwards voted for the leadership change. Board President Charlie Shields, Vice President Vic Lenz, Mike Jones and Claudia Oñate Greim voted against the motion. “I look forward to the focus returning to educating our children,” said Commissioner Vandeven. Commissioner of Education Elected to National Board of Directors 15601 at Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:44:48 +0000 The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has elected Missouri Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven to its Board of Directors. The election was held at CCSSO’s national meeting today in St. Louis. State Chooses Fine Arts Standards Work Group Members 15481 at Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:12:49 +0000 The State Board of Education today appointed nine Missourians for work groups to review the state’s Fine Arts learning standards, which have been in place for 10 years. The nine were nominated by education organizations and will join other work group members nominated by legislators, the lieutenant governor and the governor. Missouri Welcomes New Member to the State Board of Education 15396 at Fri, 27 Oct 2017 14:26:19 +0000 Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has appointed John T. “Tim” Sumners of Joplin to the eight-member State Board of Education. Dr. Sumners has worked as a church pastor and chaplain and is currently the chaplain for the Joplin Police and Fire Departments, as well as the Webb City Fire Department and the Redings Mill Fire District. He also served as an adjunct professor at Southwest Baptist University’s campus in Joplin. Seal of Biliteracy Available for Missouri Students 15306 at Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:19:30 +0000 The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is introducing the Missouri Seal of Biliteracy (Missouri Seal) Program. The Missouri Seal is awarded by local school districts to graduating students who have proven a specific level of proficiency in English and any other world language, including sign languages. The graduating class of 2018 is the first class to be eligible for the program. American Government Teacher from Imperial Wins Prestigious Milken Award 15286 at Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:37:03 +0000 The students in Jordan McGaughey’s 10th grade American Government class learn to explore all sides of an issue and connect historical events with today’s political climate. McGaughey serves the Fox C-6 School District by helping to develop curriculum, offering professional development, mentoring student teachers and acting as an instructional coach. Those are among the reasons that McGaughey has been named a winner of the Milken Educator Awards. Eight Missouri Schools Awarded Blue Ribbon Status 14322 at Thu, 28 Sep 2017 12:26:09 +0000 The U.S. Department of Education has honored eight Missouri schools as 2017 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). These are the 2017 Missouri Blue Ribbon Schools: Two Missouri AP Scholars Named 14286 at Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:33:58 +0000 Two Missouri high school students have qualified for the College Board’s State Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Award. The award is an academic distinction recognizing students who have earned the most AP Exam scores of 3 or higher statewide and the highest average score on all AP Exams taken. One male student and one female student from each state and the District of Columbia receive the annual award. State Board of Education Approves Revised Personal Finance Standards 14246 at Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:09:22 +0000 Months of work culminated today in State Board approval of revised personal finance standards for Missouri public schools. Missouri is one of only 17 states that require personal finance coursework in high school. This was the first review of the state’s personal finance standards since 2006. Ritenour Music Teacher Selected as 2017-18 Missouri Teacher of the Year 13961 at Fri, 08 Sep 2017 14:10:29 +0000 At Iveland Elementary in the Ritenour school district, Beth Davey’s classroom does not fit the mold of a traditional music room. There are no risers or chairs, because for Davey, music transcends chord progressions and harmonies; it provides a voice for students to represent their world. “Our humanity is solidified by feeling that we are known,” said Davey, who teaches K-5 music. “Connections sustain us, and to advance into the future, we must draw upon what connects us the most. Education provides this opportunity for connection.” Missouri 2017 ACT Scores Increase in Every Subject 13776 at Thu, 07 Sep 2017 09:00:01 +0000 More than 68,000 members of the Missouri graduating class of 2017 took the ACT® as 11th graders and earned an average composite score of 20.4. That reflects an increase from last year’s composite score of 20.2 and is the fourth highest composite score among the 17 states that tested 100 percent of their graduates. Nationally, 60 percent of the class of 2017 took the ACT®, with a composite score of 21.0.