The fifth new principle in the last six years, Elaine Hassemer, started at Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School on Wednesday, and said she plans on staying long enough to make a difference.
The data also show a downturn in overall student scores, although company officials attribute the slide to updated standards and more students taking the exams.
Statewide, students showed the most improvement on the science part of the Missouri Assessment Program tests.
Columbia Public Schools opens the new school year with more high school students and higher total enrollment.
The Missouri Board of Education has contracted with an education reform group to develop a turnaround plan for Kansas City Public Schools and other unaccredited school districts.
As it was throughout Columbia Public Schools, Tuesday was the first day of fall classes at Battle High, the district's newest high school. (See a video.)
Classes start Tuesday at Battle High School, but students had the chance to get acquainted with the school Monday during Jump Start Day. Principal Kim Presko greeted students as they arrived and helped hand out lunches.
No matter how long it's been since you were in school, we're wondering if you find yourself shaking your head at the experiences school kids have these days and how those experiences differ from your own.
Most parents say their children are given about the right number of standardized tests, according to the AP-NORC poll. They'd like to see student performance on statewide exams used in evaluating teachers.
For the first time, Battle High School students and parents had a chance to mingle. They were entertained Friday by student performances, games and even a hot-dog-eating contest.
Missouri's Joint Committee on Education is looking to address the hurdles faced by students transferring from unaccredited school districts.
A group that pressured St. Louis area school systems to accept more transfer students won't seek legal action on behalf of families shut out from their top choices.
New students and their parents gather at Columbia's kindergartens Wednesday night to meet their new teachers and scope out their future classmates.
The schools are being constructed to relieve some elementary school overcrowding problems in developing parts of Columbia.
The Battle High School competition cheerleading squad practiced Tuesday.
School nurse Courtney Stout led a sun safety awareness program at Oakland Middle School. Oakland's efforts were rewarded by an American Academy of Dermatology grant for a new sun shade structure outside of the school.
Battle High School doesn't hold its first class until next week, but athletes are already practicing, teachers are preparing and kickoff activities are in the works.
Changes include new attendance areas, new start times and expanded middle schools. The attendance area boundaries were redrawn among Battle, Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools — students apply to attend Douglass High School — and their feeders schools: Gentry, Lange, Smithton, Jefferson, Oakland and West middle schools.
Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School begins its third year, with larger facilities, student body and its first senior class.
Hosted by Voluntary Action Center and HealthCare USA, the fair allowed families with children in school to take advantage of free health screenings and school supplies.