Educational Outcomes Shaped By Regional Meetings

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MOBERLY- The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education hosted five public meetings across the state this week. The goal of these meetings was to collect feedback on how the state can measure progress toward new standards being adopted for public schools.

Education officials are developing a scoring guide for the new rules based on feedback given from comments and those in attendance. A scoring guide measures what Missouri values in schools, based on if the student has grown or advanced.

The Missouri School Improvement Program conducted a first round of these regional meetings during the summer to help refine the state's MSIP 5, the state's newest set of accountability standards.

The regional meeting for central Missouri was Thursday in Moberly at Gratz Brown Elementary School. All of this week's meetings were open to the public.

Once the principles and values are identified from these meetings, the state will continue to work on developing reliable measures. The accountability system will be designed to indicate the point at which a district is producing favorable educational outcomes for its students, and when it is not.