- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)43
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)6
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)31
- Tanker truck catches fire near Oak Ridge (04/24/16)7
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
Proposal would make Mo. districts responsible for college success, too
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Missouri is proposing sweeping accreditation changes that would add a series of new tests and require districts to better monitor how their graduates fare in college.
The state would no longer take into account such things as the ratios of students to teachers, administrators and counselors and whether districts offer certain courses such as art and physical education. Instead, the newest version of the Missouri School Improvement Program would focus solely on how students perform academically.
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education spokeswoman Michele Clark says the direction the state is heading is "really exciting."
But the changes have prompted a range of concerns, including the fear that ratios of students to staff would rise and that art and music will be overlooked because meeting certain staffing ratios and teaching certain classes is only a guideline.