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Student scores on standardized tests are down in most subjects in Missouri.

Statewide figures released Tuesday by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education show that fewer students scored "proficient" or better this year on tests for communication arts, mathematics and science, compared to last year. The only overall improvement was in social studies.

The decline comes after several years of general improvement in student test scores.

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The Diocese of Jefferson City is planning meetings this week to discuss the possibility of starting a new parish and school in Columbia.

Belief systems impact educator performance, Mizzou researcher finds

Sep 7, 2013
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Belief systems have a role in shaping the performance of teachers and principles – that’s what MU researcher Noelle Witherspoon-Arnold has found. According to Witherspoon-Arnold, educators with strong belief systems are more connected to their work and their students, and they are more likely to be social justice-oriented than educators without strong belief systems. But “belief system” doesn’t always mean religion – and whatever that system is, there are often tensions at play.

We sat down with her to find out more. Answers have been edited for length and clarity. 

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The Kansas City school district is reopening a closed school as part of an effort to ensure students are prepared for kindergarten.

Voters approve bond measures for school improvements

Apr 4, 2012

Columbia voters passed the school bond issue by a margin of 23 percent. This means a twelve cent increase on every 100 dollars a Columbia resident pays in property taxes. School board member Jonathan Sessions says this bond will go towards building a new elementary school and eliminating trailers at the elementary level. School board members attribute the success of the bond issue to the board’s communication with voters.

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A proposed state constitutional amendment would bar tenure for Missouri's school teachers.