Missouri’s education commissioner will testify before state senators this (Monday) morning in Jefferson City about the Missouri School Improvement program, which is responsible for reviewing and accrediting public school districts across the state.
State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Commissioner Dr. Margie Vandeven will testify at 10 before the Senate Interim Committee on Education, which is chaired by State Sen. Karla Eslinger (R-Wasola). Chairwoman Eslinger, a former school superintendent in southern Missouri’s Ava and West Plains, says Missouri should have an accreditation system that is an accurate reflection of our school systems.
“With the (state) Department of Elementary and Secondary Education currently revising the process and standards used to accredit all schools in the state, it is important for the committee to fully understand the complexities of the program so we can better serve our students. I look forward to Commissioner Vandeven providing the committee detailed information about this process as it relates to accountability, transparency, and efficiency.”
Public testimony will not be taken at today’s hearing, but will be at the next hearing.