Exam: October 24, 2011

Oct 24, 2011

This week: The front man for the band Guster leads a discussion on sustainability at MU, DESE is trying to become exempt from No Child Left Behind, and a new scholarship is available for students statewide.

Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education  is pursuing a waiver that would exempt the state from certain requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. KBIA’s Allan Vestal explains.

The alternative rock band Guster was in Columbia last week, playing a show on the University of Missouri Campus. But the lead singer of the band also took some time to do a little “teaching” on campus. Guster front man Adam Gardner has been spending the last few years of his career spreading the word about sustainability. Gardner spent some time talking about his sustainability organization Reverb during a Q&A with MU students in Columbia last week. KBIA’s Kaveh Kaghazi was there.

Advanced placement exams can save high school students a lot of money on basic college credits. The tests are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, and depending on the exam, if a student scores a 3 or higher they can earn college credit hours before they even step into a classroom on the college campus. Now, Missouri students have yet another incentive to score well on these tests.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education is notifying students about a new $500 dollar scholarship which they can qualify for if they score a three or higher on two math and science advanced placement exams.  It can be two science exams, two math or exams, or one of each.

In order to qualify a student must be attending college, and must also be enrolled in either the Access Missouri or the A+ Scholarship programs.  University of Missouri interim director of student financial aid, Nick Prewett, says the University welcomes the grant. The deadline to apply for the grant and the 2011-2012 academic year is June 1, 2012. Follow this link to find the application for the grant.