Educators Gather For Improvement

9 years 7 months 1 week ago Monday, August 30 2010 Aug 30, 2010 Monday, August 30, 2010 6:47:19 PM CDT August 30, 2010 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri School Boards' Association and the Missouri Association of School Administrators gathered in Jefferson City Monday to kick off a joint vision project. The project's goal is to form a report of suggestions for Missouri's public primary and secondary schools in Missouri. The report will be released next October, and will be formed through a series of meeting in the months before then.

Bev Borgenson, a Mexico School Board Member, believes the project is a good step in improving Missouri education. A subject she finds her self concerned with.

"I was very excited because they are looking at the future of education in Missouri and I'm very concerned about the future of education here," she said.

Carter Ward of the Missouri School Boards Association is also concerned with the current state of Missouri education.

"We need to be more competitive in terms of the products that are coming out of our schools fewer drop outs more people succeeding, said Ward.

For Borgenson, the competition begins with universal early childhood education.

"I  think its very important and certainly a foundation that we need to work toward," said Borgenson.

Along with early childhood education, hiring the best educators, and achieving a top 10 ranking in the country were goals the group discussed.

Having an education ranking within the top 10 among states is an important goal of Missouri Commissioner of Education, Chris Nicastro. She says that Missouri ranks in the middle among states currently.

"I think that for a long time Missouri schools have done a good job I think we've certainly seen improvements in preformance accross the board year after year. what we maybe need to do a better job of is looking at how we compare to other states and other countries," she said.

Nicastro believes there is no reason why Missouri cannot improve its ranking.

"Its no longer sufficient for us to say these are Missouri standards and these are the standards that we expect our children to receive. We have to make sure that Missouri standards are in fact those that are held by the highest performing countries in the world," said Nicastro.

The next vision project meeting is in October.

   

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