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Governor:Jay Nixon
Commissioner of Education:Margie Vandeven
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:918,288
Number of school districts:563
Number of public schools:2,410
Number of public school teachers:66,651
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,597
Percent minority students:26.3%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:49.4%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.4%
Percent of English-language learners:3.0%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:38.4%
8th grade math:31.4%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:36.3%
8th grade reading:36.3%

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Superintendent Joseph Davis lays out his plans for addressing the educational inequities and biases that fed into last year's demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo.
September 16, 2015 – Education Week
This Diplomas Count 2015 State Graduation Brief contains state-specific data on high school completion and includes a special focus on students with disabilities. The information is presented in a series of charts and graphs, and includes comparisons to national averages.
June 4, 2015 – Education Week
The CAO and accountability officer for the Kansas City, Mo., schools talks about setting goals and monitoring progress for a district that lost its accreditation in 2012.
March 18, 2015 – Education Week
February 18, 2015 – Education Week
Newly mandated tests are sometimes doing double duty as exit exams or accountability gauges.
October 29, 2014 – Education Week
School funding, class size, and governance are among the issues facing voters on various education-focused state initiatives, referendums, and amendments.
October 8, 2014 – Education Week
School district police units around the country have acquired armored vehicles, semiautomatic weapons, and grenade launchers through a controversial program run by the Defense Department.
October 1, 2014 – Education Week
Local districts are walking a tightrope between returning to the normal routine while acknowledging the street protests and larger debate about race and law enforcement sparked by the fatal shooting in Ferguson, Mo.
August 27, 2014 – Education Week
Amid intense debate over the common core, 10 states have recently enacted laws that place new restrictions or specifications on how state boards of education adopt standards
July 9, 2014 – Education Week
A law that lets students transfer out of unaccredited districts is forcing debate over what the state should do for school systems on the brink of failing.
March 12, 2014 – Education Week

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