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English Learners Make Gains; Achievement Gap Persists For Missouri's Black Students

How the Missouri education department measures student comprehension and school performance is complicated . The manual for determining a school’s performance is dozens of pages long. Making it even more complex, students have taken four different sets of tests in six years. Just when the test saw stability, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education overhauled the way it presents school performance (in short, it got more colorful and less numerical). We had the headlines for what to make of this year’s Annual Performance Reports and Missouri Assessment Program tests. But now that there’s been time to digest the data, here are takeaways:

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Richwoods, MO – Washington County's Sheriff says the search for an 11-year old boy in Richwoods is now a possible abduction.

Sheriff Jim Nichols says that's because a number of searches for Shawn Hornbeck have turned up nothing. Hornbeck was last seen riding his bike to a friend's house on Sunday.
Hornbeck's family has set up a Web site about Shawn's disappearance. The web site is www.shawnhornbeck.com

St. Louis, MO – Police have arrested three men in connection with the shooting death of a security guard at a St. Louis bank during a would-be robbery.

Authorities say Robert Bolden and Corteze Edwards are accused of first-degree murder, attempted armed robbery, and two counts of armed criminal action. Bolden allegedly did the shooting.

A third suspect, a teenager, is in custody.

Jefferson City, MO – More than half the counties in Missouri are now under a drought alert or advisory. That includes the entire western half of the state.

The determinations come from the Drought Assessment Committee, which met today in Jefferson City.

A drier-than-usual September contributed heavily to drought. On average, the state received only half of its normal rainfall of four inches.

In August, 18 counties were under a drought alert and another under a drought advisory.

Jefferson City, MO – More than half the counties in Missouri are now under a drought alert or advisory. That includes the entire western half of the state.

The determinations come from the Drought Assessment Committee, which met today in Jefferson City.

A drier-than-usual September contributed heavily to drought. On average, the state received only half of its normal rainfall of four inches.

In August, 18 counties were under a drought alert and another under a drought advisory.

AP/KWMU – Members of a Missouri security panel say an informed public is less likely to panic
if terrorists attack.

The Missouri Security Council held its first meeting yesterday. Members discussed ways to co-ordinate homeland security activities among state agencies and local governments.

St. Louis, MO – The economic impact of each Cardinal home playoff game could exceed $2 million. That's according to the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, which studied the direct and indirect spending associated with the baseball team. RCGA chief economist Bryan Bezold says the major sources of spending are for tickets, concessions and merchandise, as well as off-site expenditures like dining, lodging and transportation.

Chicago, IL – The Illinois state quarter will show a young Abraham Lincoln, a farm setting and the Chicago skyline over an outline of the state and 21 stars.

Governor George Ryan unveiled the design today in Chicago.

The coin will be the first to be released in 2003 and will be the 21st state quarter to be minted. The 50 state quarters are being minted in the order that states ratified the Constitution. The program will continue through 2008.

St. Louis, MO – The search continues today in St. Louis for two men suspected in a would-be bank robbery foiled by a guard one of the men fatally shot.

Police say one of the masked suspects apparently shot 25-year-old Nathan Ley twice in the head yesterday outside the Bank of America branch. Ley later died at a hospital.

St. Louis, MO – Organizers of St. Louis 2004 have announced a year-long party commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1904 World's Fair. The celebration will kick off on New Year's Eve 2003 at Forest Park. Former Missouri Senator Jack Danforth says it will be the biggest event in the city's park since the World's Fair and will including live performances, light shows and the unveiling of what will become a 2004 landmark - a 10-story tall ferris wheel.

Rockford, IL – Illinois' gubernatorial candidates traded jabs over their parties' chairmen in their first public debate last night in Rockford.

Republican Attorney General Jim Ryan said Democratic U.S. Representative Rod Blagojevich was "quiet as a churchmouse" over allegations that Democratic Party Chairman Michael Madigan may have used state employees for political work.

Former Republican Party Chairman Lee Daniels stepped down over similar allegations.

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