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Missouri school district focused on improving student learning

THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2012 15:19 PM

Officials from the School District of Washington, Missouri, recently gathered to discuss their academic goals for students who attend their schools, The Missourian reported. As Missouri is among the states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the implementation of this initiative was among the topics they spoke about.

According to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the state embraced the CCSS and the higher expectations that come with them so that students will be able to compete on an international level.

However, the implementation of the CCSS is far from the only change the School District has in store for the year ahead. The news source stated that officials plan to form Focus Group 3: Improving Student Achievement and Engagement in the Technological Age. Through the formation of this Group, which will include teachers, staff and patrons, the District will be able to analyze its wireless infrastructure and assess the need for new technology.

In addition, Lori VanLeer, the District’s superintendent, told the news outlet that she and her colleagues are focused on providing students with "safe and efficient 21st-century learning environments."