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 Commissioner's Video Message - September 2013


Missouri Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro discusses the State Board of Education's approval of the educator evaluation guidelines, student MAP scores, and school and district annual performance reports. Nicastro also addresses recent ACT results and congratulates the 2013-2014 Missouri Teacher of the Year. 



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Goal #4
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State Board of Education Starts Long-Term Planning in Unaccredited Districts
The State Board of Education approved the Department's recommendation of developing a plan to direct the transformation of failing school districts in the state. The Department issued an invitation for bid last month for comprehensive analyses of school system challenges in unaccredited districts with the aim of developing strategies that will deliver dramatic improvement in student performance. Read more
School Breakfast Challenge to Continue for Second Year
The Department is partnering with the Midwest Dairy Council and the Missouri Food Bank Association on year two of the Missouri School Breakfast Challenge. The challenge encourages public, charter and private schools across the state to increase their 2013-2014 school breakfast participation by at least 20 percent. Districts with the highest percentage increases will win cash prizes. Read more
Goal #1 - All Missouri students will graduate college and career ready.
State Releases Annual Performance Reports for Districts and Schools
The Department has released the first set of annual performance reports (APRs) for Missouri schools based on the state's newly revised accountability system, MSIP 5. The APRs show how well each public school and school district is meeting the state's education standards and are used to review and accredit districts. The classification or reclassification of school districts based on MSIP 5 is not anticipated until 2015, as a three-year period is needed to show long-term, sustained performance trends for districts. Read more
Student Assessment Scores Hold Steady in Communications Arts, Increase in Science
State-level results from the 2012-2013 Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) testing shows students continue to maintain most of the gains they have made on the assessments during the past five years. The percentage of students scoring at the proficient or advanced level in communication arts was 55.6 percent, the same rate as 2012. Students scoring proficient or advanced in science rose from 52.2 percent in 2012 to 59.1 percent 2013. Read more
ACT Report Shows College Readiness Needs Improvement
Three out of four (76 percent) Missouri ACT-tested high school graduates in 2013 met at least one college readiness benchmark, according to ACT's The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2013 annual report. Only 28 percent of Missouri test-takers met all four benchmarks, which was above the national average of 26 percent and an increase of 1 percent over 2012. An achievement gap still persists in Missouri with 5 percent of African Americans and 18 percent of Hispanic/Latinos meeting all four benchmarks on the ACT. Read more  
Goal 2 - All Missouri children will enter kindergarten prepared to be successful in school.
Head Start Funding Opportunities Available
The Office of Head Start has posted two funding opportunities for Missouri:
Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee for Bates, Cass, Cedar, Benton, Vernon, St. Clair, Hickory, Morgan and Henry Counties in Missouri. Close date 10/22/13.
Head Start Grantee for Holt, Worth, Gentry, Atchison, and Nodaway Counties in Missouri. Close date 10/21/13.
Goal #3 - Missouri will prepare, develop and support effective educators.
Essential Principles of Effective Evaluation Approved by State Board of Education
The State Board of Education gave final approval in August to guidelines for evaluating teachers and administrators in Missouri schools. School districts can adopt the state model or design their own system, incorporating the approved principles. Read more
Informational Video Segments
The Office of Educator Quality has created short informational video segments to provide further description and explanation of the Essential Principles of Effective Evaluation. This first set of video segments, supporting the Overview of the Essential Principles, is now available. View videos
Additional informational video segments will be added to support the Probationary Period Guidance document as well as the Use of Student Growth Measures, Providing Meaningful Feedback, and Evaluator Training.

Professional Learning Guidelines

The Department has released the revised Professional Development Guidelines for Missouri schools to use as they plan for the growth and development of individual professional staff. This will enable each of them to meet the learning needs of all students in their respective buildings and classrooms.  The Missouri Advisory Council for the Certification of Educators (MACCE) partnered with the Department in this revision of the PD Guidelines which were last revised in 2005.
Training Scheduled for Essential Principles
Regional trainings on the essential principles of effective evaluation are scheduled to begin this month and will be offered through July 2014. The trainings will cover each of the four modules:  module 1 - foundation; module 2 - probationary period support; module 3 - student growth measures; and module 4 - evaluator training and meaningful feedback. View training dates and locations


Fenton Educator Named Missouri Teacher of the Year

Jamie Manker, social studies teacher and department chair at Rockwood Summit High School in Fenton, Mo. was named the 2013-2014 Missouri Teacher of the Year.


Manker will represent Missouri in the National Teacher of the Year competition. She and the six other finalists for the Missouri Teacher of the Year award will be honored at a banquet Oct. 21 in Jefferson City. Read more

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Goal #4 - The Department will improve efficiency and operational effectiveness.

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