K-12 Education

BATTLE RISING: Battle High students become witches, wizards in Dumbledore's Army

Students in Dumbledore's Army, a "Harry Potter" club at Battle High School, play a modified version of quidditch, the sport played by characters from the book series.

Columbia Independent School students don Roman garb for Toga Day

The middle and high school students were celebrating the founding of Rome as part of their Latin language studies classes.

College Board provides a glimpse of new SAT for 2016

Changes include making the essay section optional, reverting to the 1,600-point scale and getting rid of the penalty for wrong answers.

Columbia School Board sets Battle Elementary boundaries

The board expects the new school to draw about 365 students from the surrounding elementary schools.

Missouri House passes bill to find Common Core replacement

HB 1490 would allow Common Core to remain in schools next year, but it provides a pathway for developing Missouri's own standards. It passed the House 132-19.

Columbia School Board to vote on Battle Elementary boundaries

Students within Alpha Hart Lewis and Two Mile Prairie elementary school boundaries will be affected by the change.

Columbia district aims for innovation in nature-based, community schools

The proposed schools would bolster a learner-centered approach in education to Columbia Public Schools. 

Sessions, Cushing, Wade win Columbia school board seats

The school board members will be sworn in at Monday's meeting.

Columbia voters approve $50 million school bond issue

The $50 million bond issue will increase the district's debt service levy by 4 cents and will fund the construction of a new elementary school scheduled to open in January 2018.

Columbia Public Schools to consolidate administrative staff

When Deputy Superintendent Nick Boren and Chief Academic Officer Sally Beth Lyon retire in June, the district will not replace their positions but will instead divide their duties among existing staff members in the administration, district spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said.

7 educators honored by Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence

Columbia Public Schools educators selected as this year's Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence honorees were surprised with the announcementin their classrooms and offices Tuesday morning.


New report details racial gap among U.S. children

At the core of the report is a newly devised index based on 12 indicators measuring a child's success from birth to adulthood.

New park brings benefits to Alpha Hart Elementary

A city park with a number of kid-oriented features is being built about a block from Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School. Teachers and parents are excited about the addition of the Norma Sutherland Smith Park to the area.

Schools increasingly check students for obesity

Some school district do what is known as surveillance, in which students are measured to identify how many are at risk for weight-related health problems but they remain anonymous. Other districts do screenings to track the weight of individual students and notify parents whose children are classified at an unhealthy weight.

School board candidates discuss Common Core, collective bargaining

The four candidates running for three spots on the Columbia School Board answered questions Tuesday at the Columbia NAACP Candidates Forum.

Black preschoolers more likely to face suspension

Advocates long have said get-tough suspension and arrest policies in schools have contributed to a "school-to-prison" pipeline that snags minority students.

BATTLE RISING: Athletes compete in kick-off track meet at Battle High School

The teams from Battle High School, Hickman High School and Rock Bridge High School competed in track and field events.

UPDATE: Nick Boren, Columbia deputy schools superintendent, announces retirement

Deputy Superintendent Nick Boren has spent 29 years in education and has been with Columbia Public Schools since 2007.

SCHOOL BOARD Q&A: Helen Wade discusses student achievement, non-traditional learning environments

School Board candidate Helen Wade wants to emphasize achievement gap evaluation and "manage the district's funds in a careful, student-centered manner."

UPDATE: Education officials endorse Missouri school plan

Education officials say more than 62,000 Missouri students are enrolled in unaccredited or provisionally accredited school districts.