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Top 10 by 20 Initiative Part IV: Preparing, Developing, and Supporting Effective Educators

This post is Part 4 of a series on the Missouri Top 10 by 20 initiative. To read this series from the beginning, click here.

Missouri Top 10 by 20 is a statewide improvement effort that aims for student achievement in Missouri to rank in the top 10 states in the nation by 2020. The plan includes four sub-goals. Today on the Missouri Parent Blog we’ll look at Goal 3: “Missouri will prepare, develop and support effective educators.”

Since initiating Top 10 by 20 in 2009, educators have been presented with new professional development tracking tools, new assessment requirements, and new training opportunities. We’ll highlight a few of those tools and opportunities here.

Missouri Gateway Assessments (MEGA)
Testing-related tools and tracking are available through the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (or MEGA) website. The site offers details about teacher assessments, including the dates, times, practice tests, and test registration details required for Missouri’s educators to get — and keep — state certification.

Missouri Educator Profile (MEP)
The MEP is a new assessment, started in September 2013, that “is designed to measure a person’s work style as it relates to the field of education.” Educators can use their MEP results to compare their working habits against those of experienced and effective educators in the field. (Source)

Content Area Exams
New content area exams were implemented beginning in September 2014. These exit exams must be taken and passed by educators in each area of certification they which to receive. The exams are aligned with national standards and replace the Praxis test used by previous generations of educators. (Source)

Missouri Standards-Based Performance Assessments
Missouri implemented standards-based performance assessments in the fall of 2014. These nonprofit testing service ETS (known for the SAT, GRE, CLEP, TOEFL, and many other tests) designed the new standards-based assessments.

According to Paul Katnick, Interim Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Educator Quality at DESE:

"One of our primary goals is developing and supporting effective educators who can provide students with the skills and knowledge they need for success in postsecondary education and the workplace. The performance assessments will help prospective educators make the most of their student teaching experience as they prepare to enter the teaching profession." (Source)

These new standards-based assessments are intended to measure teacher, counselor, librarian, principal, and superintendent performance in clinical experiences, including student teaching. They also provide teachers with a tool for planning next steps in their professional development.

Grade Point Average (GPA):
Beginning with college students graduating in December 2016, the state will require a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA in all college coursework in order for teachers to achieve state certification.

Future educators will need to have a 3.0 GPA in their professional education classes and in classes that are related to the specific certification they hope to obtain. (Source)

To learn more about educator standards for Missouri’s teachers, administrators, librarians, and counselors, visit the Missouri DESE website.

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Learn More About Missouri Top 10 by 20:
Missouri Updates Top 10 by 20 for Fiscal Year 2015
Top 10 by 20 Initiative Part II: Graduating College and Career Ready
Top 10 by 20 Initiative Part III: Entering Kindergarten Prepared for School
Top 10 by 20 Initiative Part IV: Graduating College and Career Ready

Learn More About Educator Development and Evaluation in Missouri:
Leadership Development Program Announced for Missouri Educators
Understanding Missouri’s New Educator Evaluation Standards
What are Missouri’s Essential Principles of Effective Evaluation?

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