News Feed: Department of Elementary & Secondary Education /news-rss?filter=elementary_and_secondary_education News Feed: Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Sat, 23 Jun 2018 17:30:11 +0000 en-us Charter School Renewals, Revised Literacy Requirements, MSIP Update Highlight June Board Presentations 17161 at Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:17:21 +0000 Two new State Board of Education members, Carol Hallquist and Peter Herschend, were sworn in Thursday as the board held its first meeting in six months. Five previous meetings were cancelled due to a lack of a quorum.  The board approved multiple recommendations and received status updates from staff members of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Thursday.  Missouri Welcomes Two Members to State Board of Education 17091 at Tue, 12 Jun 2018 09:42:34 +0000 Missouri Governor Mike Parson appointed two members to the State Board of Education on Tuesday, as Carol Hallquist and Peter Herschend were named the fourth and fifth members of the eight-person board. Pilot Year Successful for Seal of Biliteracy 17036 at Tue, 29 May 2018 10:27:32 +0000 The pilot year for Missouri’s Seal of Biliteracy (Missouri Seal) has been successful, with 163 Missouri Seals awarded to graduating seniors who have demonstrated proficiency in English and any of the world’s languages, including sign language. Here is the breakdown of Missouri Seals earned during the 2017-18 school year: Four Missouri Schools Pick Up Green Ribbon Honors 16906 at Fri, 18 May 2018 10:30:39 +0000 The 2018 Green Ribbon Schools program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, announced that four Missouri schools were selected for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education. Missouri Students Honored by U.S. Department of Education 16846 at Thu, 10 May 2018 10:09:03 +0000 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. 2018 Breaking Traditions Honorees Announced 16791 at Tue, 01 May 2018 13:28:47 +0000 Nine Missourians were honored as winners of the 2018 Missouri Breaking Traditions awards at a ceremony in Jefferson City on Monday, April 23. The Breaking Traditions awards honor students, educators and employers for their achievements related to nontraditional careers. The 2018 awards and recipients are as follows: Missouri Announces 2018 Gold Star Schools 16776 at Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:12:28 +0000 The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has named this year’s Missouri Gold Star Schools. The program recognizes schools that perform at high academic levels or that perform at high levels while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students. There are eight winning schools: 90th Missouri FFA Convention Coming to Columbia April 19-20 16601 at Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:50:22 +0000 More than 8,000 FFA students and guests from across the state will converge in Columbia on April 19-20 for the 90th annual Missouri FFA Convention. The event plans to honor fellow members for outstanding achievements, conduct association business, elect new officers and participate in leadership workshops. Missouri’s Scores Hold Steady in Nation’s Report Card 16551 at Tue, 10 Apr 2018 07:17:18 +0000 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 16511 at Tue, 03 Apr 2018 10:17:13 +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 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 16386 at Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:31:58 +0000 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. Missouri Students Selected by National Community Service Program 16291 at Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:22:27 +0000 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 Show Improvement on AP Exams 16266 at Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:51:51 +0000 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.   Annual Performance Reports for Educator Preparation Programs Now Available 16201 at Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:53:42 +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 education preparation programs at Missouri colleges and universities. Public Hearings Scheduled for Vocational Rehabilitation Services 16121 at Tue, 06 Feb 2018 10:53:09 +0000 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.