Published Online: January 3, 2006

Missouri's State Highlights

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Vital Statistics
Public schools 2,260
Public school teachers 65,169
Pre-K-12 students 905,941
Annual pre-K-12 expenditures $6.8 billion
Minority students 22.3%
Children in poverty 16%
Students with disabilities 16%
English-language learners 1.6%

Summary of Grades

Missouri scores at or above average in two of the four graded policy categories in Quality Counts.

In the area of standards and accountability, Missouri falls far short of average, ranking among the last states in the nation. In English and mathematics, the state lacks standards that are clear, specific, and grounded in content according to American Federation of Teachers. In addition, Missouri does not have assessments aligned with its standards in science and social studies nor does it sanction or provide assistance to all low-performing schools.

The state fares better on teacher quality. It does particularly well on indicators related to accountability for teacher quality. Missouri includes teacher-qualification data on school report cards and is one of only 14 states that hold teacher education programs accountable for the classroom success of their graduates.

Missouri does even better on school climate, ranking in the top group of states in this category. Missouri includes school safety information on its school report cards and has a law in place to enforce penalties for incidents of school violence. The state also has a relatively strong charter school law as rated by the Center for Education Reform.

Missouri earns an average grade in resource equity. Despite a better-than-average wealth-neutrality score, its wealthier districts still tend to have higher per-pupil funding levels than do poorer districts.

State Policy Report Card
MissouriAvg. State Score
Standards and accountability D+ B-
Efforts to improve teacher quality B- C+
School climate B C+
Resource equity C C
Overall Grade C+ C+
Quality Counts Grading Breakdown
Standards and accountability Points awardedPoints possible
Standards 25.42 40
Assessment 22.5 30
School accountability 21 30
69 100
Efforts to improve teacher quality Points awardedPoints possible
Teacher education and qualifications 29.31 35
Teacher assessment 24 30
Professional support and training 14.55 20
Accountability for teacher quality 14.55 15
82 100
School climate Points awardedPoints possible
Engagement 13.5 15
School safety 17.58 20
Parent involvement 11.4 15
Choice and autonomy 16 20
Class size 8.19 10
School size 8.5 10
School facilities 7.5 10
83 100
Resource equity Points awardedPoints possible
Wealth-neutrality score 28.33 33.3
McLoone Index 21.67 33.3
Coefficient of variation 22.67 33.3
73 100
Note: Details may not sum to totals due to rounding.

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