The scores of Missouri schoolchildren on a test known as the nation's report card have held relatively steady.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress results were released Wednesday. They show that reading scores held steady for Missouri fourth and eighth graders over the last two years, while nationally they were flat for fourth graders and lower for eighth graders.

Nationally, math scores slipped. In Missouri, the math scores for fourth and eighth graders also were lower — but only slightly.


The state Board of Education has authorized a group to move ahead with plans to open new charter schools in Kansas City.

The board on Tuesday authorized Los Angeles-based Citizens of the World to move forward with plans for the schools.

The group has three schools in Los Angeles and two in Brooklyn. The Kansas City plan calls for opening two kindergarten through first-grade elementary schools in 2016, adding a grade each subsequent year.

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Proposed new learning standards for Missouri K-12 students are drawing criticism.

Columbia Public Schools Block Twitter Use

Oct 22, 2015

As of Monday, Columbia Public Schools students were no longer able to access Twitter at school through the district Wi-Fi.

“It came to our attention that there were a couple of things coming through on Twitter that we didn’t want coming through,” CPS spokesperson Michelle Baumstark said. “So we have temporarily included Twitter in our filter so that it cannot be accessed.”

Teachers commonly use Twitter as a part of their curriculum, which is why the site wasn’t blocked like Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites.

Baumstark says the instructional technology staff is speaking with teachers about what they need when it comes to Twitter. She says the district plans on adjusting the filter to suit those needs.


Missouri's education department says it's removing schoolchildren's Social Security numbers from a state database.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said in an audit report released Wednesday it will stop the practice by the end of June 2016.

The state audit report said collecting Social Security numbers for the student-level record system wasn't necessary and put children at risk in case of a data breach.

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 Graduate workers at the University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia are moving closer to unionizing.


University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin discussed both the University of Missouri’s School of Medicine’s new dean and the university’s graduate students on Wednesday after speaking to students at Southern Boone Middle School in Ashland about the importance of higher education.

Loftin says despite former dean Patrice Delafontaine’s resignation and the appointment of interim dean James Stannard last week, the path the medical school is taking remains unchanged.

UM System President Speaks On Title IX Issues

Sep 24, 2015

UM System President Tim Wolfe spoke on several university issues after an event this Wednesday for his lecture tour on pursuing a higher education.

Wolfe spoke on the release of the university’s Title IX report after the event.

He said the university has made huge investments in improving education and training on discrimination and sexual misconduct on campus.

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Nearly 31 percent of University of Missouri female undergraduate students reported being victims of nonconsensual sexual contact involving physical force or incapacitation. This ranges from unwanted kissing to assault.

This was one of the many findings that were released Monday by the Association of American Universities and the University of Missouri. The results were from the Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct the AAU conducted last April.

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Patrice Delafontaine stepped down as dean of the School of Medicine on Monday after only 10 months on the job. He will continue to teach and conduct research in the school’s cardiovascular division.

Ellen de Graffenreid, the University’s Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications, said she cannot say why Delafontaine has left his position, but says there will be “no change in strategic direction whatsoever,” under the interim dean.

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During the last 18 months, the University of Missouri has made changes in an effort to protect students from sex-based discrimination. This included opening a Title IX office and hiring staff, requiring all staff and faculty to act as mandatory reporters, as well as the entire University of Missouri system revising its policies in regards to sex-based discrimination.

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The Columbia Public School Board approved a major change to its nondiscrimination policy within its schools. 

Missouri Education Plan Gains Approval but Lacks Funding

Sep 14, 2015
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  Missouri aims to increase the quality of teachers in high-poverty and rural school areas through a newly approved plan. 

The Missouri Educator Equity plan gained approval from the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday.

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  The number of Missouri lawmakers who support a ban on a state scholarship going to immigrants brought illegally to the county could outnumber the impacted students.

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  Fraternities at the University of Missouri are planning social events this year without hard liquor.

The Columbia Missourian reports that after months of debate on reducing sexual violence on the university campus, the ban was the only one of several proposals made during the summer that survived.

Lost learning time often means lost potential.

That’s the message from a new national report from nonprofits Attendance Works and Healthy Schools Campaign. 

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Students at Hillsboro High School are starting conflicting protests over an effort by a transgender student to use the girl’s bathroom.

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  Kansas City leaders are meeting next month to discuss the educational problems that occur when students change schools frequently.

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  Gov. Jay Nixon has announced that St. Louis Community College will receive more than $5 million for laboratory upgrades. 

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More than a 1000 graduate students and their allies – faculty, staff, undergraduate students and families – gathered at noon Wednesday in support of graduate students and their demands.

Some graduate students also took part in an all-day walk-out to illuminate the role they play in the education of undergraduate students and in research.

The rally and walk-out were planned as a response to the health insurance subsidy issue that has been taking place over the last two weeks. 

A joint House-Senate legislative committee on education got an earful on failing K-12 schools in Missouri's urban areas.

The committee initially met Wednesday to hear a progress report on replacing Common Core State Standards with standards drafted by Missouri-based education work groups. Those work groups were created by the passage last year of a bill scrapping Common Core in Missouri.

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A new Muslim school and community center is expected to open by June 2016 in Columbia.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the 14,000-square-foot building will have nine classrooms on the top floor for the Islamic School of Columbia. The bottom floor will include the school's administrative offices, a multipurpose room, a kitchen, a free health clinic and space for Friday prayers.

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Stephens College has raised its full-time employee minimum wage to $10 per hour.

The change became effective with the start of the school's fiscal year on July 1. Employees mainly affected by the shift are in service or maintenance roles, including those who clean, take care of the grounds, handle recycling and trash pickup.

Normandy Schools kicks off its third year without accreditation Monday. Fellow north St. Louis County school district Riverview Gardens also remains unaccredited.

Saturday non-profit Beyond Housing held a resource fair designed to get families ready — and excited — for the school year.


The University of Missouri-Columbia is starting the year with one new and two renovated residence halls.


  A new report from the state auditor's office shows the Joplin School District has taken steps to better comply with the state's open meetings law.

Most Missouri students scored at least proficient in English on a new statewide test last school year, while students in most grades scored lower in math.

The scores released Tuesday by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education are the first from a new assessment given in the spring.

Revised English and math standards based on the national Common Core guidelines for student learning were fully implemented for the first time last school year. The test was meant to gauge how well students are learning those new standards.

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  A new report shows a Missouri agency doesn't plan to recover what an audit described as about $1.5 million in overpayments for an early childhood development program.

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  More than 1,170 Missouri students from two failing St. Louis-area school systems have been placed in other districts this year. 

  Missouri Tech students are now without a school after it abruptly closed its doors in St. Charles without warning.