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Top 10 by 20 Initiative Part II: Graduating College and Career Ready

This post is Part 2 of a series on the Missouri Top 10 by 20 initiative. Read the first post in the series here.

In 2009, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) launched a statewide education improvement effort called Missouri Top 10 by 20. The initiative is designed to help Missouri’s students rank in the top 10 states in the nation for academic performance by the year 2020.

The initiative was designed to hold Missouri’s schools, teachers, and administrators accountable for providing students with a nationally competitive K-12 education. That accountability is broken down into several goals, this first of which is “all Missouri students will graduate college and career ready.”

What Does it Mean to Graduate College and Career Ready?
Missouri wants all students to quality for entrance into post-secondary education or training. “Post-secondary education or training” means different things for different students:

· Junior college
· 4-year college or university
· Trade school or technical college
· Military service

One way that the state can determine whether high school students are on track for college and career readiness is to track their test scores on a variety of different assessments.

Some of those tests are state-mandated (like the tests issues as part of the Missouri Assessment Program). DESE wants to see the percentage of students scoring at or above proficient level on state assessments to increase each year to exceed 75% of students in all subgroups by 2020.

Other tests, like the ACT, SAT, COMPASS, and ASVAB are optional assessments used by colleges, universities, and the military to judge a students’ academic or military aptitude. Missouri aims for the percentage of students scoring at or above the mean of the top 10 states on these college and career ready assessments to increase annually.

Finally, the state looks to student achievement on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) as a way to measure college and career readiness. Specifically, Missouri wants to see the percentage of students scoring at or above proficient level on NAEP assessments increase by one percentage point at each test administration.

Learn More: The NAEP and School Funding

Missouri Top 10 by 20 is a statewide improvement effort that aims for student achievement in Missouri to rank among the top 10 states in the nation by 2020. Learn more about Missouri 10 by 20 on the DESE website.

Learn More: How Missouri Prepares Students for College & Career Success:
Missouri Updates Top 10 by 20 for Fiscal Year 2015
Leadership Development Program Announced for Missouri Educators
Missouri Administers ACT Free for 11th Graders
Career & Technical Education in Missouri
5 Ways Your Child’s School is Evaluated for Accreditation
4 Cs of Education Teach 21st Century Skills Needed for College and Career Success


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