K-12 Education

Mixed results from Missouri students on academic tests

Roughly two-thirds of Missouri's public schools failed to meet tougher progress standards established under federal law. State officials, however, were pleased by the mixed results.

Belcher responds to Columbia schools' failure to meet state testing standards

In talking about how the district performed on assessment tests, new Columbia schools Superintendent Chris Belcher used an analogy comparing the tests to a physical one might get at a doctor's office. The results indicate schools might have “a fever,” but it does not mean they are seriously ill.  


Majority of Columbia public schools fall short of state progress standards

This year, all but four Columbia public schools failed to meet adequate yearly progress, which is used to examine student proficiency in math and communication arts. Four elementary schools met the state-defined standards. An additional two elementary schools face corrective actions after falling short of the standards for a second consecutive year.

Understanding adequate yearly progress

The adequate yearly progress determined by Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) test scores for third- to eighth-graders is expected to be one hundred percent by 2014.

Missouri students score better in English than in math and science

The results of these tests have left schools across the state facing sanctions underneath the No Child Left Behind Act and examining their math and science curriculums.

School Board narrowly approves stimulus cash spending

The Columbia School Board will enter into negotiations to buy a building at 4600 Bethel Street after discussion in a closed meeting Monday night. Earlier in the evening members voted to spend 5 percent of the district's stimulus money for special education.

Missouri agrees to develop national academic standards for public schools

Missouri is joining an effort to create national core educational standards for public schools. “We now have a patchwork of differing state-developed standards," says state Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro, "and that has become a barrier to improving academic performance for all students.”

New public school heat policy in effect for fall

Columbia Public Schools' policy for heat-related early dismissal, changed last year, affects only those schools that don't have air conditioning. And the district plans to make cooling those schools a priority as part of a bond issue slated for 2010.

Federal grant helps create MU math and life sciences program

A new program at MU will build a community of students and faculty around the intersection of mathematics and life sciences. The program is funded by a five-year, $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

School board likely to vote on stimulus funds

The Columbia School Board could vote Monday on the allocation of $171,000 of stimulus funds to improve its special education department.

Swine flu plan still in the works for Columbia Public Schools

With just more than two weeks until the first day of classes, Columbia Public Schools is developing a plan to manage possible outbreaks of swine flu.

Voluntary Action Center hopes tax-holiday shoppers will remember needy

The Voluntary Action Center's "Stuff the Bus" drive, which will be held this year during the sales tax holiday, collects school supplies to provide Columbia youth in need with the tools to be successful in school. They want to fill 1,600 backpacks for needy children.

Technological advancements increase human interaction in online classes

Technological advancements at MU and Stephens and Columbia colleges are intended to make online courses more like in-person classroom experiences.

Columbia Public Schools to foot larger bill for resource officers

Three deputies from the Boone County Sheriff's Department that served as school resource officers and DARE teachers in Columbia Public Schools will be reassigned to schools outside of the city. The district will compensate the department for the remaining deputy.

Columbia schools to use stimulus funds to buy building

The school district wants to use $1.6 million of federal money to purchase a new building for a special education facility or an early childhood education facility. The funds are part of $4 million in stimulus funds that must be spent before the end of the 2009-10 school year.

Columbia College student teachers gain direct placement in public schools

Starting in the fall, student teachers at Columbia College can work directly with seven schools in the Columbia Public School District. Previously, they had to secure placement by going through MU's program.

School officials, police talk safety at conference

Day two of the school safety and security conference featured Aaron Richman, co-director of the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response and a former police officer from Israel.

State might cut budget for career ladder program

The Career Ladder program in the Columbia Public School District, which pays teachers who devote additional hours beyond their contracts at the school, might not receive its anticipated state funding.

Two Hickman students recognized for science talent in national competition

Elizabeth Choe and Ashok Cutkosky, two 2009 Hickman High School graduates, were named semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search.

Missouri ranks 33rd in Kids Count well-being report

Missouri is ranked below the median in new data released on children's health and well-being.