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September 2015  

Dear Top 10 by 20 Supporter:

Missouri children continue to do amazing work in the classroom. Students are working directly with business leaders to develop real-world entrepreneurial skills. Some Missouri students are graduating from high school while simultaneously earning an associate's degree. Read more in this month's Top 10 by 20 Talk with Commissioner on why high expectations matter for ALL Missouri students.

Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced
Finalists for the 2015-16 Missouri Teacher of the Year Award have been announced. The six teachers recently interviewed with a selection committee to determine the winner. Nominations for the award were submitted by school districts throughout the state.

More Than a Ranking  

Top 10 by 20 is about much more than a ranking. District leaders from across Missouri recently talked about Top 10 by 20 and the importance of its three goals in this
new video.

New Listserv for Teachers in Missouri Public Schools
The Department has created a listserv for public school teachers. Teachers are encouraged to sign up to receive emails about policies, certification information, Department initiatives and news impacting education in the state. 

Goal 1- All Missouri students will graduate college and career ready.

More Missouri Graduates Take the ACT Exam
More Missouri graduates took the ACT Exam in 2015 than in 2014. For the class of 2015 49,640 students took the test (77 percent of the graduating class) compared with 48,864 in the class of 2014. Since 2011, Missouri has seen a 2 percent increase in graduating seniors who have taken the exam. Missouri once again scored above the national average.   

What's Happening Around the State?

Schools in Missouri continue to successfully prepare students for life after high school. See what Affton, Blue Springs, Confluence and Hazelwood are accomplishing to help students reach their goals and make Missouri a top 10 state for education.

Missouri Learning Standards Newsletter
The Department produces a newsletter devoted to learning standards in Missouri. This e-newsletter keeps Missourians updated on the latest information related to Missouri Learning Standards and includes blog posts and videos. For more information on the standards, including how to subscribe to the newsletter, visit www.missourilearningstandards.com.

Goal 2 - All Missouri children will enter kindergarten prepared to be successful in school

Training Opportunities Available for Parents as Teachers
Training for the Parents as Teachers Program will be held across the state in September. Each training features a morning and afternoon session. For more information contact the Department.

Goal 3 - Missouri will prepare, develop and support effective educators.

Missouri Recognized for Plan to Improve Access to Excellent Teachers
The state is being recognized for its plan to recruit, prepare and retain effective teachers for all public school children in the state, especially in high-poverty, high-minority or rural districts. Read more about Missouri's Educator Equity Plan.

Leadership Academy Evaluation 

The Office of Educator Quality completed an evaluation on the impact of this past year's Leadership Academy participants. Participants showed an understanding and ability to apply their knowledge in concepts of four key areas. Check out more data from the evaluation.

Training for Educator Preparation Program Supervisors
Missouri’s educator preparation programs are required to use the Missouri Educator Evaluation System to evaluate their student teachers. The goal is for all program supervisors to participate in training sessions on an annual basis. The Department worked with the Regional Service Centers to develop and deliver the initial series of more than 25 workshops. Program supervisors need to refine their skills in recognizing effective teaching and providing quality feedback to our next generation of teachers.

MEGA & Implementation of the Missouri Performance Assessments
The three objectives of the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) are recruiting the right people, assessing content and assessing performance during student teaching/internships. The performance assessment for school leaders was implemented in fall 2014. The performance assessments for teachers, school counselors and school librarians will be implemented this fall.

Missouri's Top 10 by 20 Initiative
Become a Supporter!

Let us know you support Missouri's Top 10 by 20 initiative! Individuals can sign on as supporters, and organizations can sign on as partners in this effort. We invite your ideas for helping Missouri reach this important goal. Send us a note, or better yet, send a letter to the State Board of Education and/or adopt a resolution at your next meeting. Samples are provided to help you get started.

More information about the Top 10 by 20 strategic plan

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