Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education http://kbia.org en Missouri School Board Ponders How To Improve Unaccredited Districts http://kbia.org/post/missouri-school-board-ponders-how-improve-unaccredited-districts <span style="line-height: 1.5;">JEFFERSON CITY -- From the start of Monday’s six-hour session considering a variety of ways to help struggling schools, the head of the Missouri board of education emphasized that the state is concerned about long-range, broad-based policy, not the operations of individual districts.</span><p>But as board members heard a number of presentations on suggested reforms, the talk returned time and again to the current transfers out of unaccredited school districts and the impact on the students who live there.<p>Board president Peter Herschend of Branson said the mai Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:34:18 +0000 Dale Singer 47971 at http://kbia.org Missouri School Board Ponders How To Improve Unaccredited Districts Recent snow could cause longer Mo. school year http://kbia.org/post/recent-snow-could-cause-longer-mo-school-year <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Missouri's education department says the latest in a series of winter storms could cause school districts to extend classes into the summer.</p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 14:28:29 +0000 Associated Press 47739 at http://kbia.org Recent snow could cause longer Mo. school year Legislators, DESE consider costs of common core standards testing http://kbia.org/post/legislators-dese-consider-costs-common-core-standards-testing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Missouri House subcommittee is considering whether to approve more money for student assessment tests under the new Common Core State Standards.</span></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 14:24:20 +0000 Marshall Griffin 46360 at http://kbia.org Legislators, DESE consider costs of common core standards testing Missouri lawmakers to confront student transfer law http://kbia.org/post/missouri-lawmakers-confront-student-transfer-law <p>Missouri lawmakers are facing pressure to address a student transfer law and unaccredited school districts.</p><p>The law requires school districts without state accreditation to cover the costs for students who want to attend an accredited district within the same county or a bordering one. It makes no exceptions for those without room for new students.</p><p>Missouri now has three unaccredited districts. About 2,000 students have transferred from two districts in St. Louis County and transfers could start soon in Kansas City. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 17:24:51 +0000 Associated Press 45895 at http://kbia.org Missouri lawmakers to confront student transfer law 2 Mo. lawmakers call for education official to resign http://kbia.org/post/2-mo-lawmakers-call-education-official-resign <p>Two Missouri Democratic lawmakers are calling for state Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro to step down, saying she has demonstrated a tendency "to abuse power."</p><p>Sen. Paul LeVota, of Independence, and House member Genise Montecillo, of St. Louis, said in a statement Tuesday the most recent example arose in recently disclosed emails from the education department dealing with a ballot measure to end teacher tenure and require that student performance guide employment decisions. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:43:14 +0000 Associated Press 44398 at http://kbia.org 2 Mo. lawmakers call for education official to resign Mo. school districts rolling out new standards http://kbia.org/post/mo-school-districts-rolling-out-new-standards <p></p><p>A new survey shows&nbsp;Missouri&nbsp;school districts are beginning to put into action a set of uniform benchmarks for reading, writing and math.</p><p>The new Common Core standards have been fully adopted by all but four states nationwide. They replace a hodgepodge of educational goals that had varied greatly from state to state.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 22:19:12 +0000 Associated Press 43494 at http://kbia.org Mo. school districts rolling out new standards Mo. supers offer student-transfer woes solution http://kbia.org/post/mo-supers-offer-student-transfer-woes-solution <p>A group of Missouri school superintendents has developed an alternative to a state law allowing students to transfer from unaccredited to accredited districts.</p><p>The <a href="http://bit.ly/1b3jIAJ">Kansas City Star</a> reports that under the plan, students in struggling districts could transfer to better-performing schools in their home districts. And after five years of failure, districts could be dissolved and distributed to accredited districts.</p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 14:10:46 +0000 Associated Press 43331 at http://kbia.org Mo. supers offer student-transfer woes solution Kansas City Schools Remain Unaccredited http://kbia.org/post/kansas-city-schools-remain-unaccredited-0 Public schools in Kansas City, Missouri, will remain unaccredited.<p>The <a href="http://dese.mo.gov/stateboard/stateboard.html">State Board of Education</a> on Tuesday chose to take no action on a request by <a href="http://www.kcpublicschools.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1">Kansas City Schools</a> Superintendent R. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 23:02:02 +0000 Marshall Griffin 42552 at http://kbia.org Kansas City Schools Remain Unaccredited Most Mo. transfer students remain after shake-up http://kbia.org/post/most-mo-transfer-students-remain-after-shake <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Two months after the start of a new school year, a new report shows that most of the students who transferred from a pair of failing St. Louis County school districts remain at the better-performing suburban schools where they relocated to.</p><p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 13:48:08 +0000 Associated Press 42123 at http://kbia.org Most Mo. transfer students remain after shake-up New classroom building for Moberly approved http://kbia.org/post/new-classroom-building-moberly-approved <p>The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved a plan to build an $850,000 building for the Early Childhood Program in Moberly.</p><p>The state of Missouri will reimburse the district for 57 percent of the cost through its Special Education Finance Section. Director of Special Services Jim Johnson says the new building is necessary due to the state of the current structure.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 22:36:21 +0000 Jack Korte 41993 at http://kbia.org State's unaccredited school districts face dire situation, DESE reports to House committee http://kbia.org/post/states-unaccredited-school-districts-face-dire-situation-dese-reports-house-committee <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A joint House-Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on the effects of Missouri&#39;s school transfer law, which allows students from unaccredited K-12 schools to transfer to nearby accredited districts.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 5 1/2-hour hearing kicked off with </span>Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Commissioner Chris </span>Nicastro<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> telling the committee of the dire situation facing the state&#39;s unaccredited school districts.</span></p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 12:35:15 +0000 Marshall Griffin 41447 at http://kbia.org State's unaccredited school districts face dire situation, DESE reports to House committee Missouri General Assembly focuses on teacher shortages http://kbia.org/post/missouri-general-assembly-focuses-teacher-shortages <p>As the Missouri General Assembly Joint Committee on Education considered teacher tenure and human resources in a hearing Tuesday, a report by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shows a teacher shortage in specific areas for the 2013-2014 school year.</p><p>A total of 11 areas had teacher shortages in Missouri:</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 21:43:45 +0000 Ben Turner 40272 at http://kbia.org Missouri General Assembly focuses on teacher shortages Camdenton principal resigns amidst MAP test allegations http://kbia.org/post/camdenton-principal-resigns-amidst-map-test-allegations <p>A Camdenton middle school principal has resigned after allegations were raised about mishandling of procedures for annual state tests.</p><p>The Camdenton Board of Education announced today that it had accepted the resignation of Sean Kirksey, who had been on administrative leave during an investigation into procedures for administering the Missouri Assessment Program, or MAP, tests. The board said it would honor the rest of Kirksey's contract. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:39:19 +0000 Associated Press 39730 at http://kbia.org Camdenton principal resigns amidst MAP test allegations Nixon signs bill to set up special-needs scholarships http://kbia.org/post/nixon-signs-bill-set-special-needs-scholarships <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation that seeks to set up scholarships to help special-needs children get services from private facilities or other public schools.</p><p>The measure requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to seek grants and donations to be used for the scholarships. Called "Bryce's Law," the measure is named after the 6-year-old autistic grandson of the legislation's sponsor, House member Dwight Scharnhorst. Bryce died of epilepsy in 2007.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:30:32 +0000 Associated Press 36903 at http://kbia.org Nixon signs bill to set up special-needs scholarships DESE Moving To Fully Implement "Common Core State Standards" http://kbia.org/post/dese-moving-fully-implement-common-core-state-standards The <a href="http://dese.mo.gov/">Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)</a> is moving forward with fully implementing new standards in Missouri’s K-12 schools for teaching math, English and language arts.<p>Spokeswoman Sarah Potter says the new standards are based on those crafted by the<a href="http://www.corestandards.org/"> Common Core State Standards</a> initiative.<p>“The standards say what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade level to be on track for success in college and career,” Potter said.<p>More than 360 public schools in Missouri are ta Tue, 02 Apr 2013 18:03:15 +0000 Marshall Griffin 31372 at http://kbia.org DESE Moving To Fully Implement "Common Core State Standards" Missouri schools to adjust curricula to meet national standards http://kbia.org/post/missouri-schools-adjust-curricula-meet-national-standards <p>Schools in Missouri are adjusting curricula to meet new national standards.&nbsp;Missouri is one of 45 states around the country that has adopted a new set of standards for K through 12 school curriculums. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 21:16:19 +0000 Shanley Reynolds 11054 at http://kbia.org Missouri schools to adjust curricula to meet national standards New Way to Find MO High School Graduation Rates http://kbia.org/post/new-way-find-mo-high-school-graduation-rates <p>Missouri&rsquo;s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or DESE, is changing the way it calculates high school graduation rates. Thu, 17 Nov 2011 23:53:48 +0000 3814 at http://kbia.org Missouri Seeks Exemption from No Child Left Behind Act http://kbia.org/post/missouri-seeks-exemption-no-child-left-behind-act <p>Missouri&rsquo;s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced Thursday it is pursuing a waiver that would exempt the state from certain requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Fri, 21 Oct 2011 23:07:17 +0000 2219 at http://kbia.org