Jefferson City — Missouri's top education agencies and their citizen advisory boards will meet jointly tomorrow to address education issues from pre-school through college, the so-called "P-20 pipeline."

The State Board of Education (SBE) and the Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) will meet Thursday, April 23, at 10:30 a.m. in the State Board of Education conference room in the Jefferson Building at 205 Jefferson St. Agenda highlights of the joint meeting include:

  • The P-20 Council — Legislation created the P-20 Council in 2006 to unite the departments of higher education (MDHE), elementary and secondary education (DESE), and economic development to prepare Missourians to be productive in an economy that will rely on highly trained workers. SBE and CBHE will discuss establishing regional P-20 councils in St. Louis, Kansas City, southwest and central Missouri to complement similar work under way in northwest and southeast parts of the state.

  • A federal grant of almost $9 million awarded to DESE for the Missouri Student Information System (MOSIS). The grant will be used to design and implement a longitudinal data collection system across educational sectors.

  • Federal stimulus funds available for education, including state stabilization funds, competitive grants, data infrastructure projects and other proposals.

  • The High School Graduates Report, which includes data about how well high school graduates are prepared for college-level coursework, and statewide college retention and graduation rates. The group will address how to reduce the need for remedial education among students enrolling in college.

  • Statewide plans for K-12 and higher education. Preliminary baseline data for the new unified plan for higher education, Imperatives for Change, will be discussed at this meeting. The baseline data include 46 indicators that will track educational attainment, economic contributions and financial support for higher education. All public colleges and universities collaborated on Imperatives for Change, which also includes goals for college preparation at the ninth grade level.

  • Curriculum initiatives that address appropriate standards of preparation for successful K-12 and college level performance.