Local state Rep. Donna Pfautsch has been appointed to the Special Standing Committee on Student Achievement by Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones.

Pfautsch, R-Harrisonville, represents District 33, which includes a part of southern Blue Springs, Lake Lotawana and the southern parts of Grain Valley and Oak Grove. She is a retired teacher and administrator who served in the Harrisonville School District for 40 years.

The committee, chaired by Mike Cieriot, R-Lee’s Summit, looks at steps to improve educational standards, measurement, opportunity, and results for students in Missouri’s public and private education systems.

“I am committed to what is best for our kids. We owe it to them to ensure they’re getting the best possible education regardless of where in the state they live or if they choose public or private education,” Pfautsch said in a press release. “The schools in my district provide a great example for what can be done right – not a single one scored below 80 percent on the recent MSIP5 test from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. We need to decide how we in the General Assembly can help that be the case statewide.”

The 24-member, bipartisan committee will monitor reports to and by DESE and will travel to schools across the state to gather information.

Pfautsch, who is seeking re-election this year, also serves as member of the retirement, elections, agri-business and local government committees.