Board approves qualifying scores for educators
JEFFERSON CITY - Educators know what's expected of them now that the Missouri's State Board of Education voted to approve initial qualifying scores for the Missouri Content Assessments Thursday afternoon.
Potential educator must pass the exam to earn certification for each subject they want to teach. The 56 exams will measure the content knowledge necessary for teachers, librarians, principals, and administrators.
"Producing well-prepared and effective educators is a goal we all share, and one which the Missouri Department of Higher Education wholeheartedly supports," said Rusty Monhollon, assistant commissioner for academic affairs with the Missouri Department of Higher Education. "We will continue to work closely with our K-12 colleagues in pursuit of this goal."
The assessments are a portion of the Missouri Educator Gateway Assesments (MEGA), a broad attempt to measure the pre-professional development of students working for educator certification in Missouri.
The board set the scores based on:
• Item validation and standard setting panels made up of Missouri educators
• Recommendations from the Missouri Advisory Council for the Certification of Educators (MACCE) and the Missouri Advisory Committee for Educator Preparation (MABEP)
• Initial impact data gathered from the first two months of testing
"Setting the initial qualifying scores was a collaborative effort among many in education from around Missouri," said Paul Katnik, assistant commissioner in the Office of Educator Quality. "We will continue to monitor data to ensure we are developing and preparing effective educators."
The scores are expected to be revisited by the State Board in August 2015 when more impact data will be available. These new assessments replaced the Praxis tests in September.
"There is no doubt Missouri is moving toward more rigorous criteria en route to professionalizing our educational system," said David Hough, Ph.D, Dean of the college of Education at Missouri State University. "Future educators in our state must demonstrate personal attributes, pedagogical skills and subject knowledge at very high levels to ensure our teacher workforce is among the most highly qualified in the nation and world."
The test scores are expected to help the department of education fulfill its Top 10 by 20 initiative's primary goal to get Missouri education ranked among the top 10 states by 2020.