DESE http://kcur.org en Public Comments Heard On Changes To Kansas City Schools http://kcur.org/post/public-comments-heard-changes-kansas-city-schools <p></p><p>More than a dozen people, picked from among scores who wanted to speak, &nbsp;reacted with passion to proposed changes in Kansas City Public Schools Wednesday night.</p><p>Nearly all who spoke to a two- thirds filled Paseo Academy Auditorium wanted to keep local control of schools.</p><p></p><p>Public testimony taken by Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education was first in a series around the state.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:51:33 +0000 Dan Verbeck 50487 at http://kcur.org Public Comments Heard On Changes To Kansas City Schools Kansas City School District Shows Improvement, But Concerns Remain http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-school-district-shows-improvement-concerns-remain <p>Kansas City public schools showed improvement in a preview of new Missouri school district ratings, but will not regain provisional accreditation at this time.</p><p>Commissioner of Education Chris Nicastro said in a Thursday evening conference call that the district had improved proficiency ratings in science and social studies to on a par with its scores in English language arts and math, but with those only at 30 percent proficiency ratings, 7 out of 10 students were not achieving "at proficiency."</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 07:09:05 +0000 Steve Bell 42448 at http://kcur.org Kansas City School District Shows Improvement, But Concerns Remain State Hires Consultant For Kansas City School District http://kcur.org/post/state-hires-consultant-kansas-city-school-district <p></p><p></p><p>The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the statewide averages on MAP Test scores Tuesday, but the Kansas City district was more focused on another DESE announcement.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 05:21:21 +0000 Steve Bell 42294 at http://kcur.org Outside Experts Sought In Fixing Failing Missouri Schools http://kcur.org/post/outside-experts-sought-fixing-failing-missouri-schools The State Board of Education will vote on a plan Tuesday for an outside group to study unaccredited Missouri school districts and develop recommendations for improvement.<p>The move comes on the heels of some 2,600 children transferring from the unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens school to neighboring districts.<p>The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is recommending the board vote yes.<p>DESE Spokeswoman Sarah Potter says failing schools face systematic challenges.<p>"We want a broad analysis of these challenges," she said. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:14:55 +0000 editor 42216 at http://kcur.org Outside Experts Sought In Fixing Failing Missouri Schools Common Core Standards Tested In Missouri http://kcur.org/post/common-core-standards-tested-missouri <p>The <a href="http://dese.mo.gov/">Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education</a> is moving forward with plans to fully implement new standards for math, English and language arts.&nbsp; Mon, 01 Apr 2013 21:28:38 +0000 Marshall Griffin 34417 at http://kcur.org Common Core Standards Tested In Missouri