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Missouri Updates to Top 10 By 20


This October, the Missouri State Board of Education approved Fiscal Year 2015 updates to Top 10 By 20. Top 10 by 20 is Missouri’s statewide improvement effort that aims for student achievement in Missouri to rank among the top 10 states in the nation by 2020.

According to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the updated plan, “focuses on leadership, collaborative culture and climate, teaching/learning practices, assessments to inform teaching and learning, effective use of data, and parental/community engagement.” (source)

Learn More: View the entire Top 10 by 20 Plan for Fiscal Year 2014-15 here.

Top 10 By 20 launched in 2009, and according to DESE, it has made a difference in school quality and student performance:

“We have gotten better,” DESE spokesperson Sarah Potter told KOMU News in Columbia, Missouri. “Proficiency rates have improved since we first started tracking and graduation rates have improved. The problem is that every other state is improving right along with us. Graduation rates are improving all over the country.” (source)

Missouri’s graduation rates have improved. Last year, Missouri had the 8th highest graduation rate in the United States, an especially impressive feat considering that the nation’s graduation rates are they highest they’ve been in more than 30 years.

Missouri doesn’t just want students to graduate high school, however. We want our students to graduate ready to succeed after high school. That’s why Top 10 by 20 outlines four key areas of improvement for K-12 education: (source)

1. All Missouri students will graduate college and career ready.  TWEET THIS

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

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

4. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will improve departmental efficiency and operational effectiveness.

Commissioner of Education Chris Nicastro says that DESE will emphasize capacity building in Fiscal Year 2015 to help the state achieve its Top 10 by 20 goals:

“Missouri continues its focus on ensuring that all students have access to high-quality education,” said Nicastro. “To reach the Top 10 by 20, the Department will focus on building statewide capacity to implement supports and, when necessary, interventions designed to improve student achievement.” (source)

Student achievement is t the heart of Top 10 by 20. Come back to the Missouri Parent Blog to learn more about accountability efforts like Top 10 By 20, and to stay up to date on education funding and legislative issues affecting Missouri’s public schools.

This post is Part 1 of a 5 Part series on the Missouri 10 by 20. Come back to learn more about each of the initiatives four goals, and how the state measures its success against each goal.


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