Posted: Apr 4, 2013 6:21 PM by Allie Hinds
Updated: Apr 8, 2013 10:13 PM
COLUMBIA - Thirty five educators in Atlanta recently turned themselves in for manipulating students' answers on standardized tests. This incident has fueled an already heated argument about the importance placed on standardized testing and raised the question of how well the tests are monitored.
Right now Missouri doesn't pay to have fraud detection services or inspectors to randomly schools. Missouri relies on the districts to monitor testing.
Thursday, Columbia Public Schools held training to reinforce correct testing procedures.
"We really want to get the most accurate read, and that's how we've discussed it with teachers. We want to know where the students are at so they can improve," Director of Research, Assessment and Accountability for Columbia Public Schools Chris Sharp said.
Kristin Nies has been teaching at Paxton Keeley Elementary School for five years and at least 60 standardized testing days.
Nies said on testing days the desks are spread out in the classroom, and no one can go in or out during testing time. Nies doesn't have access to the tests until 30 minutes before she distributes them to her class.
As much preparation as the tests are, Nies said testing is only a small part of what a teachers should focus on.
"Everything you're doing from the moment they walk in your classroom in August is helping them soak up as much knowledge and learning as they can so that no matter what question is on that MAP test they feel confident in their ability to answer," Nies said.
"[In Columbia] there's no financial incentive, that was a challenge in Georgia where they were actually giving incentives based on how well kids did," Sharp said.
Posted 8:58 AM 11/30/2015 by Miranda Craig and Chris Gothner, KOMU 8 Digital Producers
COLUMBIA - Boone County deputies arrested two people after a chase that led them into Callaway County early Monday morning.
According to the Boone County Sheriff's Department, the pursuit began at 3:09 a.m. after Columbia police attempted to stop 24-year-old Stephan M. Reed (More)
Posted 9:02 AM 11/30/2015 by Deja Shelby, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA — With colder weather upon us, mid-Missouri residents may start to notice an array of brightly colored, domed-shaped beetles lurking in the corners of their homes.
But have no fear — these pests are harmless. They’re the Asian lady beetles, and like many other (More)
Posted 7:46 AM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press
FERGUSON (AP) — The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis has been activated to investigate the death of a woman at a home in Ferguson.
KMOV-TV reports that police were called Saturday night to a home where a 23-year-old woman was found dead. Blood was found, but the cause of death has not been released.
Police said evidence suggests that the woman was the victim of a homicide.
Posted 4:53 PM 11/29/2015 by Alex Farkas, KOMU 8 News
COLUMBIA - Shoppers spent $10.4 billion at stores on Black Friday. However, according to Yahoo, sales at brick and mortar stores dropped more than $1 billion. One of the factors for the decrease is the increase in onlines sales.
This year, Cyber Monday sales are expected to increase 12 (More)
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Posted 7:04 AM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A teenager has been killed after being shot in the leg in north St. Louis.
Police said there was some kind of dispute between three men before the shots were fired around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. The teenager was shot in the leg by a suspect in his 60s.
The teen was (More)
Posted 7:01 AM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY (AP) — One person has been killed in a Kansas City shooting.
KMBC-TV reports that officers were dispatched around 1:15 a.m. Monday to a shooting. They found a man dead on a porch when they arrived.
Anyone with information is urged to come forward.
Posted 4:17 AM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press
PERRYVILLE (AP) — A Perryville man faces multiple charges after attempting two robberies in the same night.
The Southeast Missourian reports that the charges against 51-year-old Danny Rue Sr. include attempted robbery, kidnapping, burglary, third-degree assault, unlawful (More)
Posted 5:25 PM 11/29/2015 by The Associated Press
STEWARTSVILLE (AP) - A northwest Missouri man is dead after pointing a weapon at law enforcement officers who were responding to a domestic disturbance.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the patrol and Dekalb County Sheriff's Department responded to a call near Stewartsville at 10:18 (More)
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Posted 4:16 PM 11/29/2015 by Eric Yount, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
COLUMBIA - Columbia police arrested a man who allegedly grabbed a 14-year-old relative by the hair for not wearing a hijab, a traditional Muslim headscarf.
The incident occurred on Tuesday at Hickman High School shortly before school was to let out for the day. Police say (More)
Posted 3:02 PM 11/29/2015 by James Packard, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA - As the post-Thanksgiving shopping weekend winds down, Columbia small businesses were preparing Sunday for a rush of online shopping, largely dominated by big-name retailers, during Cyber Monday.
The National Retail Federation (NRF) says it created the term "Cyber Monday" in 2005 (More)