The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is midstride in pursuit of the goals of the Top 10 by 20 initiative. Top 10 by 20 is the state’s major educational improvement effort that aspires for student achievement in Missouri to rank among the top 10 of all states by 2020.
When it comes to overall economic strength, no component is more important than the quality of the public school system. This is true at the city, county, state, and national levels. Regardless of whether a high school graduate immediately begins a career or continues on to college prior to beginning a career, PreK-12 preparation will serve as the foundation for employment opportunities. Ultimately, those employment opportunities will lead to: individual income and stability; overall economic growth and stability; and, of course, tax revenues and governmental stability.
While this paradigm is not a new concept, the idea of college and career readiness continues to evolve. Today’s local and global economies continue to progress alongside technology. Today’s successful schools continue to embrace this perpetual change and they sprint ahead to provide educational programs that will prepare students for jobs, many of which may not yet exist.
In many cases, a “perfect picture” of what it means to prepare career and college ready students remains obscure. Yet, quality, dedicated, professional educators recognize it is our responsibility to analyze that picture daily. Further, we recognize it is our responsibility to respond by deploying the art and science of our craft to evolve our pedagogy. Ultimately, we recognize it is our responsibility to ensure we aim for a future masterpiece for each of the students in our care.
In an overarching effort to guide progress and drive results, DESE has developed the following goals to ensure student academic success and state economic success through the Top 10 by 20 initiative.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:
GOAL 1: All Missouri students will graduate college and career ready.
OBJECTIVE 1: By 2020, student achievement will rank among the top 10 states.
1. The percentage of students scoring at or above the proficient level on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) will increase at each test administration.
2. The percentage of students scoring at or above the proficient level on state assessments will increase each year to meet or exceed the annual “on track” MSIP targets for all students and subgroups, placing the state on track to Top 10 performance by 2020.
3. The percentage of students scoring below basic on state assessments will decrease by 1 % annually.
OBJECTIVE 2: By 2020, all students will qualify for entrance into postsecondary education/training.
1. The percent of students who achieve a qualifying score or above on a college and career readiness assessment will increase annually.
2. The percentage of students who graduate will increase annually.
GOAL 2: All Missouri children will enter Kindergarten prepared to be successful in school.
OBJECTIVE 1: By 2020, all children will have access to high-quality early childhood programs and services.
1. State-funded preschool program capacity will increase by at least 50 %.
2. State-funded preschool programs taught by qualified and appropriately-credentialed teachers will increase by at least 50 %.
3. Parents as Teachers (PAT) programs serving at least 80 % of families will meet affiliate-level quality standards.
4. Information regarding early childhood goals, programs, services and other opportunities will be available to all stakeholders through a variety of formats.
OBJECTIVE 2: By 2020, Missouri early childhood program data representing at least 50 % of the children entering kindergarten will be included in the Missouri Comprehensive Data System (MCDS).
GOAL 3: Missouri will prepare, develop and support effective educators.
OBJECTIVE 1: By 2020, all preparation programs will be highly effective at preparing teacher candidates as defined by a uniform set of performance data points.
1. The percent of preparation programs achieving each of the state’s performance benchmarks will increase annually as demonstrated through the Annual Performance Report for Educator Preparation Programs (APR-EPP).
OBJECTIVE 2: By 2020, all educators will be effective as defined by a local evaluation process fully aligned to Missouri’s Essential Principles of Effective Evaluation.
1. All schools will align their evaluation systems to 6 of the 7 Essential Principles by 2016.
2. All Schools will include measures of student growth as a contributing factor of educator evaluation by 2017.
GOAL 4: The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will improve departmental efficiency and organizational effectiveness.
OBJECTIVE 1: Increase the efficiency and effectiveness of Department operations to support the implementation of the Top 10 by 20 initiative.
The 21st Century economy is knowledge-based and the states with the strongest public education systems will achieve the greatest economic strength. The pressure for public school districts to respond to this demand and to perform favorably continues to increase. Accountability also continues to increase. Fortunately, Missouri public school educators continue to meet these challenges head on and continue to make significant strides of progress for our students and for the prosperous future of the State of Missouri.