Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Nixa Public Schools - NINE Years of Accredited with Distinction in Performance :-)

Missouri's Goal: Top 10 by 20




What are the top 10 performing states right now and what are their characteristics?

According to the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the top 10 performing states right now are:
  • Vermont.
  • Massachusetts.
  • Connecticut.
  • New Jersey.
  • Maine.
  • Minnesota.
  • Virginia.
  • Montana.
  • Wisconsin.
  • New York.
A recent report by Dr. Douglas B. Reeves of The Leadership and Learning Center identified the key characteristics of the top 10 performing states.
They are:
  • an emphasis on nonfiction or informational writing.
  • quality early childhood education programs.
  • quality standards and assessments.
  • an appointed (not elected) chief state school officer.
  • effective use of scarce resources.
Source:  http://www.dese.mo.gov/top10by20/faqs.html

Link to testing resources for some of the Top 10 states:  http://ww2.ikeepbookmarks.com/browse.asp?folder=2935623.

This link has some interesting information you may want to read:  http://www.dese.mo.gov/top10by20/documents/10x20-reeves-exec-summary.pdf

Monday, April 4, 2011

April TOSA Newsletter

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