chris nicastro

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

  A new Missouri education commissioner has been chosen to replace a leader who faced frequent criticism while dealing with struggling districts. 

Updated at 9:24 a.m. Monday with more district decisions about Normandy transfers.

As the Normandy school district is about to give way to the Normandy Schools Collaborative, Missouri’s education commissioner is addressing criticism about how the transition has been handled.

Chris Nicastro’s response: The decisions that have been made represent the best available from a list of bad options.

chris nicastro
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

The Missouri State Board of Education has voted to impose financial oversight on a St. Louis County school district facing bankruptcy.

Reading of remonstrance on Senate floor, and statement from Sen. Chappelle-Nadal

A Missouri State senator has filed a remonstrance that calls for the immediate resignation of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro.

missouri capitol
File photo / KBIA

A group of eight Missouri lawmakers are calling upon Gov. Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster to investigate concerns raised about Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro.

The lawmakers made the request Wednesday following a The Kansas City Star report. The report disclosed emails that raised questions about the selection of CEE-Trust as a consultant. The Indianapolis-based firm's bid for developing an improvement plan for the Kansas City district and other struggling schools was nearly three times higher than the closest competitor.

chris nicastro
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says it is a good time for the state Board of Education to "monitor and evaluate" concerns raised about Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro.

vote here sign
KBIA file photo

Public records have shown that Missouri's education commissioner provided advice to a group backing a ballot initiative that would end tenure protections for teachers.

Emails show that Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro met with an advocate for the proposed initiative a year ago and provided suggestions about its wording. Nicastro also reviewed a final version of the initiative before it was filed this March with the secretary of state's office.

classroom
Håkan Dahlström / Flickr

A new survey shows Missouri school districts are beginning to put into action a set of uniform benchmarks for reading, writing and math.

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.

Missouri's fourth- and eighth-graders are doing about the same on math and reading tests as they were two years ago and about average when compared with the rest of the country.

That's according to the 2013 Nation's Report Card, which was released Thursday. The results come from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, which is given to a sample of students.

The Missouri State Board of Education voted Tuesday to increase oversight of the state's unaccredited school districts.

taylor.a / FLICKR

More Missouri students are training for future careers while still in high school.

Sixty-three percent of the state's high school students participated in at least one career or technical education program in the 2011-2012 school year. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says that's a 3 percent increase from the previous year.

Classroom
Håkan Dahlström / Flickr

Missouri's public schools are 41st in the country in Education Week's annual rankings.

The publication released its 2013 "Quality Counts" rankings Thursday. Missouri's overall grade was a C, up slightly from last year's grade of C minus.

St. Louis Arch
paparutzi / Flickr

St. Louis schools are no longer unaccredited, following a unanimous vote today by the State Board of Education.