As the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education releases the latest round of MAP scores, Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher says, frankly, he isn’t worrying all that much about the scores this year. But he says they do still highlight one serious, known problem.
Superintendent Belcher says the MAP scores this year should be taken with a grain of salt, because the state is going through a transition period. The MAP tests will be replaced as part of the state’s planned implementation of common core standards in 2014-15. Belcher says Columbia teachers are already thinking beyond the MAP test, and have targeted their curriculum at preparing students for the new assessments, instead.
Several new Missouri laws regarding traffic and roadways are going into effect soon. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.
Captain Tim Hull with the Missouri State Highway Patrol just completed his annual training on the new laws. Each year, the patrol briefs its troopers on new laws, or changes to existing laws – and it’s also trying to educate the public about them.
The Columbia Board of Education has voted to increase the city’s school tax levy.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the board approved a new total tax levy of $5.42 per $100 of assessed property valuation. That’s an increase of 2.2 cents from last year, the smallest the board has approved since 2008.