JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's fourth- and eighth-graders are doing about the same on math and reading tests as they were two years ago and about average when compared with the rest of the country.
That's according to the 2013 Nation's Report Card, which was released Thursday. The results come from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, which is given to a sample of students.
Among fourth-graders, 39 percent scored at or above the NAEP proficient level in reading and 35 percent in math. The percentages were similar among eighth-graders, with 36 percent scoring at or above proficient in reading and 35 percent scoring at or above the proficient level in reading.
Missouri education commissioner Chris Nicastro says the state still has "work to do."
The future of a troubled state lawmaker is unclear. Democratic Missouri State Representative Steve Webb was charged yesterday for theft and campaign finance violations.
Prosecutors say that Webb solicited donations for an event in Washington DC, instead, he deposited that money in a personal account. Shortly after the charges, the AP reported that House Minority leader Jake Hummel said Webb told his office he planned to resign. Later Wednesday, Webb told reporters he had no plans to step down.
Thursday, Hummel released a statement saying standing by his previous comments, that Webb told him he planned to resign. Hummel continues that for the sake of his family and constituents, Webb should resign. Webb represents portions of North St. Louis County, including Florissant.
You might remember Trooper--the dog who was nearly killed after being dragged for nearly a mile down Interstate 55 almost a year ago.
Trooper was injured after Benetta Johnson tried to return then six-month old Trooper to her estranged husband by tying the dog to the bumper of her husband's truck. He did not notice the dog and dragged the puppy down I-55, until a fellow motorist notice Trooper and got him to pull over. Johnson was convicted on misdemeanor animal abuse charges and ordered to perform community service, take animal care classes, and make a donation to the Humane Society.
You can apply to adopt Trooper at: www.hsmo.org/adopttrooper.
Applicants must answer lifestyle questions and provide information about their home environment. Trooper is best suited to a home without other animals and with older children. He will be a good fit for an adopter who understands how to lovingly manage intelligent, strong dogs and has time to spend further training him and providing appropriate exercise. A secure outside area is also a necessity.