Gov. Jay Nixon visited Owensville High School on Oct. 29, 2012 to recognize the Gasconade R-II School District for its strong record of many years of academic excellence. The Governor praised the school district for being designated as a School of Distinction for seven years in a row, and for having Missouri's A+ Schools designation.
Gov. Jay Nixon today visited Owensville High School to recognize the Gasconade R-II School District for its strong record of many years of academic excellence. The Governor praised the school district for being designated as a School of Distinction for seven years in a row, and for having Missouri's A+ Schools designation. He also noted Owensville High School's impressive average graduation rate of more than 90 percent last year, as well as an average ACT score of 21.5.
"Pursuing an education beyond the twelfth grade will help graduates take advantage of every opportunity in today's economy which continues to move forward," Gov. Nixon said. "School districts like Gasconade R-II are putting their students on the road to success, by starting with a path to higher education."
For a public school district to achieve the Distinction in Performance Designation, the district must meet at least 13 out of 14 academic standards, including all six Missouri Assessment Program standards. Gov. Nixon also said his administration would continue its work to keep college affordable for Missouri students, so that they can use that education to move more easily into high-demand jobs and careers.
"I will continue to work with our public institutes of higher learning to keep tuition affordable, so Missouri families can send their kids to college, and graduates can find a good job with the skills they earn," Gov. Nixon said.
This past August, the national non-partisan College Board Advocacy and Policy Center released a state-by-state analysis of college tuition rates throughout the country. The report found that during the past three years, Missouri's public four-year institutions' tuition and fee increases were the lowest in the nation. Tuition rates at all of Missouri's higher education institutions remain below the national average, while Missouri's colleges and universities continue to see strong enrollment.
The Governor also said that Missouri graduates are stepping into a job market that continues to move forward. The recent September jobs report showed that Missouri's unemployment rate fell to 6.9 percent - its lowest rate since December 2008. The state's unemployment rate has remained below the national rate for 37 consecutive months. Missouri added 2,500 jobs during September, bringing the year to-date total of new jobs to 24,700. Combined, the number of new jobs for 2012 to-date and all of 2011 comes to more than 46,000.