Challenges & Opportunities for Missouri's Schools
Speaker: Dr. Chris L. Nicastro, Missouri Commissioner of Education
Public education in Missouri has been at the forefront of the news. Last school year, students from two unaccredited districts chose to transfer, under the law, to other districts. Normandy School District faced financial crisis as a result. This school year, Normandy is operating as a state oversight district, with a board appointed by the State Board of Education.
With funding and scores at the heart of the recent stories, we've asked the Commissioner of Education, Chris Nicastro to help us understand the ins and outs of these school stories and their consequences for Missouri public school students.
Come to hear the Missouri Commissioner share information and insights into the future of public education in Missouri.
Chris Nicastro is the fifth person and the only woman to serve as Missouri's Commissioner of Education. She assumed the position in 2009 and will retire at the end of 2014. She has been a teacher and administrator in Missouri public schools for almost 40 years. Nicastro's tenure as commissioner has been marked by several accomplishments:
Launched an improvement initiative for student performance in Missouri to rank among the top 10 performing states by 2020.
Guided the development of a revision of the State's accountability system, helping schools better prepare students for the challenges of postsecondary education and the workplace.
Worked to persuade the federal government to release Missouri from provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, allowing Missouri to use its own state-developed accountability plan.
Led the development of a model educator evaluation system, providing Missouri school districts with tools they can use to evaluate and strengthen the practice of teachers, principals and superintendents.
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