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Missouri Learning Standards

As Missouri school districts await state test scores they should have received months ago, some administrators said they're getting frustrated with the delay.

“I don’t have the data right now for math and reading to even make a determination as to whether the things we invested in last year are making a difference,” Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell said.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 1, 2013 - Instead of insisting that only the legislature, not the department of education, can adopt new national standards for Missouri schools, state Sen. John Lamping has changed course.

The new version of a bill filed by the Republican from Ladue gives the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education responsibility for conducting hearings around Missouri on what the common core state standards are, how they would change what Missouri students learn and how much they might cost to put into effect.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 20, 2011 - When Missouri education officials try for a third time to come up with a new set of standards to judge the state's school districts, the changes will be more a shift in tactics than in goals.

That's the judgment of Peter Herschend of Branson, a longtime member of the state Board of Education and its current president. As expected, the board voted Wednesday to approve a surprise request from Chris Nicastro, commissioner of elementary and secondary education, to scrap a proposal put together earlier this year and send it back for further revisions.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 9, 2011 - As academic tests emphasize students' mastery of Tolstoy and trigonometry, teachers of the visual and performing arts worry that the importance of tragedy and the trombone may be not only pushed to the back burner but taken off the stove altogether.

So the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education has sounded the alarm for members to make sure that when money is tight and test scores aren't as high as everyone would like, their passions and their concerns are heard by the state Board of Education.