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  • Read MOre, Missouri! Helps Prevent Summer Slide

     

    “Read MOre, Missouri!” is a statewide summer reading challenge to prevent summer slide — a loss of learning that many students experience while they are out of school for the summer. The program is designed to help your son or daughter keep reading skills sharp between school years.

    Reading through the summer minimizes reading-specific summer slide, and Missouri Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven says, “Kids who read during the summer are much more likely to retain the skills they gained during the school year.”

    Summer slide is a layman’s term for the academic regression kids have during the summer months when they aren’t in school. Teachers often have to spend several weeks of the new school year reviewing information from the previous grade level before they can begin teaching the current year’s coursework.

    Here’s what the loss looks like in reading for kindergarteners through fourth graders:

    (Source)

    To help prevent summer slide, every school district in Missouri is encouraged to take part in Read MOre, Missouri. Here’s what you should know before your child comes home talking about the challenge:

    · Experts say that reading just six books during the summer can help keep kids from having to play catch-up in the fall.
    · The program uses The Lexile® Framework for Reading to help you pick books out for your kids that match their reading levels.
    · The Read MOre, Missouri website helps you search more than 200,000 books so that you can find the ones that are written at your child’s Lexile® level and are about subjects your child enjoys.
    · The site sorts books by more than 28 categories, including everything from humor & games to sports to animals — and more.
    · Once you build your child’s reading list, you can download it or print it. You can take the list with you to the local library or a bookstore to find your child’s books.
    · Your local library offers print editions as well as digital books for your child to read on the Kindle or tablet.
    · Any reading is better than no reading, so encourage your child to read magazines, news stories, or even recipes in addition to the books on their summer reading list.

    Read MOre, Missouri is a program of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). You can read the DESE press release here, and you can learn more about the Lexile® Measure Framework for reading in this post.

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  • Top 10 by 20 Initiative Part V: Improving Educational Efficiency and Effectiveness

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


    The Missouri Top 10 by 20 initiative is a statewide improvement measure designed to ensure that Missouri’s student achievement ranks top 10 in the nation by the year 2020. The initiative, which launched in 2009, the initiative is broken down into four primary goals:

    Goal #1: All Missouri students will graduate college and career ready.
    Goal #2: All Missouri children will enter kindergarten prepared to be successful in school.
    Goal #3: Missouri will prepare, develop and support effective educators.
    Goal #4: The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will improve departmental efficiency and operational effectiveness.

    Today on the Missouri Parent Blog, we’ll delve into the fourth and final goal: “the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will improve departmental efficiency and operational effectiveness.”

    We can’t blame you if reading about “efficiency” and “effectiveness” makes your eyes glaze over a little bit, but stick with us here: this is important stuff for Missouri’s public schools.

    Missouri 10 by 20 isn’t a standalone plan; it’s helped spark other programs in the state, including reform plans, accountability systems, and even a comprehensive online data system for Missouri K-12 public education. Some of these tools and programs are directly related to Goal #4.

    The Missouri Education Reform Plan
    In March 2011, DESE published what it described as a “dynamic, working document called the Education Reform Plan Summary. The plan aligns directly with the Missouri 10 by 20 goals, and it provides details about how, exactly, Missouri will improve efficiency and effectiveness:

    “…the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education must operate more efficiently and effectively than ever. The Department must develop its capacity to provide leadership and support in addition to its traditional roles of distributing funds and monitoring compliance. The Department of Education seeks to build the institutional structure needed to ensure long-term school improvement and attainment of Top 10 performance throughout the state. The Department must provide models and strategies for school districts and charter schools to use in improving instruction and ensuring high performance. Most of these strategies do not require additional resources but a different approach in the classroom, the school building, the district office or the state department of education; some strategies require additional resources. There is much we can do…even before we get more money.” (Source)

    The Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP5)
    The Missouri School Improvement Plan ties directly to the Missouri 10 by 20 Initiative’s fourth goal. It’s the state’s accountability system for reviewing and accrediting public schools and school districts in Missouri.

    The MSIP policy goals include:
    · Set expectations for student achievement that align with ultimate goal of all student graduating college and career ready
    · Distinguish performance of schools and districts (i.e. accreditation)
    · Empower stakeholders through transparent reporting and communications
    · Promote continuous improvement and innovation

    Learn More: What is the Missouri School Improvement Program?

    MSIP5 holds schools and districts accountable for graduation rates, college and career readiness, attendance, and more. The bottom line: if you want to the effective of your child’s school, you should learn more about its accreditation.

    Learn More: 5 Ways Your Student’s School is Evaluated for Accreditation

    The Missouri Comprehensive Data System
    The Missouri Comprehensive Data System, or MCDS, is an online resource that gives public access to education-related data for the state. While educators and administrators might get more out of the site than parents will, it’s still worth taking a look.

    The MCDS provides demographic information for every district in the state. In addition, there are three tools on its website: Quick Facts, Guided Inquiry, and Advanced Inquiry.

    · Quick Facts: Basic reports and documents on topics ranging from administrator salaries to Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) results.
    · Guided Inquiry: Explore the same information as in Quick Facts, but create summary reports using simple filters.
    · Advanced Inquiry: In-depth research and analysis of the same information made available in Quick Facts and Guided Inquiry. (Source)

    By the year 2020, Missouri wants 100% of school districts to use the MCDS “to inform major decisions and improve efficiency.” (Source)

    Improving efficiency and effectiveness of a statewide education system is no small feat. The Missouri School Improvement Plan, MSIP5, and the MCDS are just three ways that the state is trying to help student achievement reach the top 10 in the nation by 2020.

    To learn more about Missouri’s education policy, funding, and accountability, come back often to the Missouri Parent Blog. We’re also on Facebook and Twitter, where we provide daily updates on the state of public education in Missouri.

    More from Missouri Parent:
    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 Success
    High School Graduation Rates & School Accreditation in Missouri


  • 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.

    Stay up to date on Missouri 10 by 20 and other Missouri public education policy and funding initiatives by coming back often to the Missouri Parent Blog, liking us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter.

    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?


  • Top 10 by 20 Initiative Part III: Entering Kindergarten Prepared for Success

    This post is Part 3 of a series on the Missouri Top 10 by 20 initiative. To read this series from the beginning, click here.

    In 2009, The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) launched a statewide education improvement effort called Missouri Top 10 by 20. The initiative aims for Missouri’s K-12 students to rank in the top 10 states in America in academic performance by the year 2020.

    Missouri 10 by 20 is broken down into several smaller goals and objectives. Those goals and objectives make the initiative more actionable and help hold teachers, administrators, and lawmakers accountable for ensuring student success.

    We’ve written already about Missouri 10 by 20 Goal #1: “All Missouri students will graduate college and career ready”. Today we’re here to talk about Goal #2: “All Missouri children will enter kindergarten prepared to be successful in school”.

    To help young learners prepare for kindergarten, parents need to account for basic factors like creating a safe and nurturing home environment and making sure young children receive the health care they need. Formalized early childhood programs, however, also play a role in preparing kids for kindergarten.

    To that end, Missouri has identified screenings, parent education, and quality early childhood programs as some of the best tools for helping Missouri’s babies, toddlers, and preschoolers get ready for school.

    Health Screenings for Missouri Children

    One of the ways that Missouri measures its success in preparing kids for kindergarten is by tracking the percentage of young children who are screened for health concerns and developmental delays each year.

    Early childhood health screenings help professionals to identify developmental delays, nutritional shortfalls, and other issues that could have a negative impact on a young child’s overall wellness and on his or her success in school.

    The state plans to increase the percentage of young children (birth through kindergarten) who receive developmental screenings and health screenings by 2% annually.

    Learn More: This Q&A, published by DESE, goes into more detail about health and developmental screenings.

    Parent Education Home Visits in Missouri

    Another way that Missouri is helping young children prepare for kindergarten is by providing services and education directly to their parents. Families are a child’s first (and primary) educator: A child will be more prepared for kindergarten if his or her family is engaged and supportive, playing an active role in his or her development and education.

    Parent education home visits provide information, support, and encouragement that parents need to help their children develop in the early years. Programs like Parents as Teachers work with parents to help them understand their child’s development, and home visits also help them to strengthen their parenting practices.

    Home visitors are trained to help families detect developmental delays or other health issues that might be detrimental to a child’s learning and development. They help prevent child abuse and neglect, and all-around, they increase children’s readiness for success in school. (source)

    Missouri’s goal is to increase the number of parent education home visits — to both at-risk and not-at-risk —families with young children by 2% each year.

    Learn More: Parenting Education in Missouri

    Quality Standards in Missouri’s Early Childhood Education Programs

    Finally, Missouri recognizes the need for an increase in the number of early childhood programs for Missouri’s infants, toddlers, and preschools that meet established quality standards.

    Missouri adopted a series of 10 Early Learning Program Standards in 2011 to help ensure high quality early education opportunities that would help prepare Missouri’s youngest learners for school. Some of Missouri’s specific educational programs and grants available to support infant, toddler and preschool education include Missouri Head Start.

    Learn More: Parents as Teachers’ Alignment with State Early Learning Standards

    In June of this year, Governor Nixon signed Senate Bill 869 and House Bill 1831. These two bills “establish a transparent set of quality indicators for child care providers”, says Governor Jay Nixon’s office.

    The Governor says, “these quality indicators will give parents the tools and information they need to choose the right childcare provider for their family.”

    Those quality indicators include things like state licensure, health and safety requirements, use of curricula, additional staff training, and any history of violations. (Source)

    The state hopes to increase these programs by 2% annually.

    Educational and service organizations across the state are working together to provide families with the health screenings, parent education home visits, and higher quality early childhood programs. Together, these programs and services are working to help Missouri reach the Top 10 states in the nation in student performance by 2020.

    Missouri Top 10 by 20 is a statewide improvement effort that aims for student achievement in Missouri to rank among the top 10 states in the nation by 2020. Learn more about Missouri 10 by 20 on the DESE website.

    Missouri Updates Top 10 by 20 for Fiscal Year 2015

    Top 10 by 20 Initiative Part II: Graduating College and Career Ready

    Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten in Missouri

    Now for Later: A Campaign for Early Childhood Education in Missouri

    Stay up to date on Missouri 10 by 20 and other Missouri public education policy and funding initiatives by coming back often to the Missouri Parent Blog, liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.


  • Top 10 by 20 Initiative Part II: Graduating College and Career Ready

    This post is Part 2 of a series on the Missouri Top 10 by 20 initiative. Read the first post in the series here.

    In 2009, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) launched a statewide education improvement effort called Missouri Top 10 by 20. The initiative is designed to help Missouri’s students rank in the top 10 states in the nation for academic performance by the year 2020.

    The initiative was designed to hold Missouri’s schools, teachers, and administrators accountable for providing students with a nationally competitive K-12 education. That accountability is broken down into several goals, this first of which is “all Missouri students will graduate college and career ready.”

    What Does it Mean to Graduate College and Career Ready?
    Missouri wants all students to quality for entrance into post-secondary education or training. “Post-secondary education or training” means different things for different students:

    · Junior college
    · 4-year college or university
    · Trade school or technical college
    · Military service

    One way that the state can determine whether high school students are on track for college and career readiness is to track their test scores on a variety of different assessments.

    Some of those tests are state-mandated (like the tests issues as part of the Missouri Assessment Program). DESE wants to see the percentage of students scoring at or above proficient level on state assessments to increase each year to exceed 75% of students in all subgroups by 2020.

    Other tests, like the ACT, SAT, COMPASS, and ASVAB are optional assessments used by colleges, universities, and the military to judge a students’ academic or military aptitude. Missouri aims for the percentage of students scoring at or above the mean of the top 10 states on these college and career ready assessments to increase annually.

    Finally, the state looks to student achievement on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) as a way to measure college and career readiness. Specifically, Missouri wants to see the percentage of students scoring at or above proficient level on NAEP assessments increase by one percentage point at each test administration.

    Learn More: The NAEP and School Funding

    Missouri Top 10 by 20 is a statewide improvement effort that aims for student achievement in Missouri to rank among the top 10 states in the nation by 2020. Learn more about Missouri 10 by 20 on the DESE website.

    Learn More: How Missouri Prepares Students for College & Career Success:
    Missouri Updates Top 10 by 20 for Fiscal Year 2015
    Leadership Development Program Announced for Missouri Educators
    Missouri Administers ACT Free for 11th Graders
    Career & Technical Education in Missouri
    5 Ways Your Child’s School is Evaluated for Accreditation
    4 Cs of Education Teach 21st Century Skills Needed for College and Career Success



     

  • 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.
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    3. Missouri will prepare, develop and support effective educators.
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    4. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will improve departmental efficiency and operational effectiveness.
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    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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