Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Education
10:23 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Lesson Plans: Lawmakers Work On Sweeping School Proposals

Whether the Senate or House version, the legislature is likely to pass sweeping education bill.
St. Louis Public Radio File Photo

With the Missouri legislature approaching its spring break, the Senate has passed a sweeping education bill designed to deal with struggling schools and transfers from unaccredited districts, and a bill addressing similar issues is ready for debate in the House.

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Standardized testing
9:44 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Missouri Reconsiders How Many Tests Students Must Take

The state board of education has reduced the testing schedule dramatically. Education officials acknowledged that getting the same quality of information with fewer tests would be a challenge.
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Can schools cut back sharply on the number of tests that students have to take and still get a good idea of how well they are learning?

The state of Missouri is about to find out.

Missouri's state board of education has reduced the testing schedule dramatically — just a few months after approving a spending request for a testing schedule that would have had third graders taking seven hours of standardized tests each year, and high schoolers taking nine exams in four different subjects.

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DESE public meeting
10:05 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Public Has Its Say On Missouri School Accreditation Plan

Chris Nicastro
Credit DESE website

Missouri education officials say their plan that was the subject of public comment at a meeting Tuesday night is designed to prevent school districts from losing accreditation in the future.

But for most of the night, the speakers and the audience were more concerned with what is going to happen to a district that already is unaccredited and is in danger of going out of business altogether: Normandy.

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Normandy school board
2:43 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Normandy Board Member Wants His Colleagues Voted Out

Terry Artis
Credit Normandy website

Updated 5:35 p.m. Tues, Feb. 25, with response from Humphrey:

Terry Artis, an outspoken member of the Normandy School District, says voters should oust three of his incumbent colleagues at the April 8 elections because they are not working in the best interests of the district.

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Normandy reaction
3:22 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Normandy Board Members Don’t Like Losing Financial Control

State education officials announced Tuesday that they are taking control of the finances of the Normandy School District.
Courtesy Normandy School District

Updated at 10:26 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, with Nicastro letter.

News that state education officials have taken control of the finances of the Normandy School District was still sinking in Wednesday, but local board members who were willing to comment were clearly unhappy about losing the power of the purse.

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Normandy Schools
9:29 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Normandy Board Skeptical Of New Plans For State Intervention

Missouri's deputy education commissioner Margie Vandeven outlines proposed new state intervention plans for struggling districts to a crowd of Normandy parents and supporters on Jan. 22, 2014.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon)

Updated at 10:10 a.m. Jan. 23 to reflect the correct source of one of the three state intervention proposals.

Members of the Normandy school board are skeptical that any of the proposed new plans for state intervention in academically troubled districts will make a difference in their schools.

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DESE
4:39 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Nicastro: Normandy Schools Headed For Bankruptcy; Lawmaker Calls For Her Resignation During Hearing

DESE Commissioner Chris Nicastro appears before the Mo. House Budget Committee on Jan. 15, 2014.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Time is running out for Normandy schools in north St. Louis County to win extra funding from Missouri lawmakers this school year.

Normandy and Riverview Gardens have experienced an exodus this school year due to the student transfer law.  Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro told the House Budget Committee Wednesday that she expects the Normandy School District will be bankrupt by the end of the year.

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Chris Nicastro
4:19 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Chappelle-Nadal Calls For Nicastro's Resignation

DESE Commissioner Chris Nicastro
Mo. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education

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

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Education funding
8:06 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Nicastro Says More Funding Needed For Student Assessments Under Common Core

DESE Commissioner Chris Nicastro
Mo. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education

A Missouri House subcommittee is considering whether to approve more money for student assessment tests under the new Common Core State Standards.

The standards are designed to put in place common nationwide achievement goals in math and language arts.  Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro told committee members Tuesday that implementing the Common Core in Missouri has not cost the state any additional money, but that measuring student performance under the new standards will.

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Education
3:34 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

St. Louis Area Schools Receive More Than $6.2 Million To Improve Academic Performance

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Twelve St. Louis area schools with low academic performance will receive a total of more than $6.2 million in federal money to kick start classroom improvement.

The money comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s School Improvement Grant (SIG) program, which is distributing more than $43 million nationally to seven states. 

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