Public education in Missouri
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- 1 State agencies
- 2 Regional comparison
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Academic performance
- 5 Educational choice options
- 6 Education funding and expenditures
- 7 Organizations
- 8 Taxpayer-funded lobbying
- 9 Transparency
- 10 Education ballot measures
- 11 Studies and reports
- 12 Recent news
- 13 See also
- 14 External links
- 15 References
Missouri school districts
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|“||The mission of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is to guarantee the superior preparation and performance of every child in school and in life.||”|
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is led by the Commissioner of Education. The Commissioner of Education is appointed by the Missouri State Board of Education. The current officeholder is Chris Nicastro.
The State Board of Education is responsible generally for "the supervision of instruction in the public schools." The board is composed of eight members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state senate. The composition of the board must meet the following requirements:
- No more than four board members may belong to the same political party
- No more than one member may reside within the same county or congressional district
Board members are appointed to eight-year terms.
Common Core, or the Common Core State Standards Initiative, is an American education initiative that outlines quantifiable benchmarks in English and mathematics at each grade level from kindergarten through high school. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted the standards on June 15, 2010. Full implementation is scheduled to be achieved in the 2014-2015 academic year. Under pressure from opponents to Common Core, however, the Missouri Legislature passed House Bill 1490, which was signed by Governor Jay Nixon on July 14, 2014. This bill will replace the Common Core standards by the 2016-2017 school year with new state standards, to be developed with recommendations from educators and parents in the state.
- See also: General comparison table for education statistics in the 50 states
- See also: Education spending per pupil in all 50 states
The following chart shows how Missouri compares to three neighboring states with respect to number of students, schools, the number of teachers per pupil, and the number of administrators per pupil. Further comparisons between these states with respect to performance and financial information are given in other sections of this page.
|State||Schools||Districts||Students||Teachers||Teacher/pupil ratio||Administrator/pupil ratio||Per pupil spending|
| Sources: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey", 2011-12 v.1a.|
National Center for Education Statistics, Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12
The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Missouri as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.
|Demographic information for Missouri's K-12 public school system|
|Ethnicity||Students||State Percentage||United States Percentage**|
|Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. students||1,470||0.16%||0.42%|
|Two or more||15,124||1.65%||2.54%|
|**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.|
Enrollments by region type
A plurality of students in Missouri attend rural schools. Approximately 53 percent of the state's students attend rural or town schools, compared to approximately 47 percent who attend city or suburban schools.
|Student distribution by region type, 2011 - 2012 (as percents)|
|State||City schools||Suburban schools||Town schools||Rural schools|
|Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD) (timed out)|
- See also: NAEP scores by state
The National Center for Education Statistics provides state-by-state data on student achievement levels in mathematics and reading in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Compared to three neighboring states (Arkansas, Illinois, and Iowa), Missouri has the second smallest share of eighth grade students who scored at or above proficient in math.
|Percent of students scoring at or above proficient, 2012-2013|
|Math - Grade 4||Math - Grade 8||Reading - Grade 4||Reading - Grade 8|
|Source: United States Department of Education, ED Data Express, "State Tables," accessed May 13, 2014|
|NAEP assessment data for all students 2012-2013|
Graduation, ACT and SAT scores
|Comparison table for graduation rates and test scores*|
|State||Graduation rate, 2012||Average ACT Composite, 2012||Average SAT Composite, 2013|
|Percent||Quintile ranking**||Score||Participation rate||Score||Participation rate|
| *Regulatory Adjusted Cohort Rate (except for Idaho, Kentucky, Oklahoma, which did not report “Regulatory Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate,” but instead used their own method of calculation).|
**Graduation rates for states in the first quintile ranked in the top 20 percent nationally. Similarly, graduation rates for states in the fifth quintile ranked in the bottom 20 percent nationally.
Source: United States Department of Education, ED Data Express
- See also: Public high school dropout rates by state for a full comparison of dropout rates by group in all states
The high school event dropout rate indicates the proportion of students who were enrolled at some time during the school year and were expected to be enrolled in grades 9–12 in the following school year but were not enrolled by October 1 of the following school year. Students who have graduated, transferred to another school, died, moved to another country, or who are out of school due to illness are not considered dropouts. The average public high school event dropout rate for the United States remained constant at 3.3 percent for both SY 2010–11 and SY 2011–12. The event dropout rate for Missouri was higher than the national average at 3.4 percent in the 2010-2011 school year. The dropout rate was lower than the national average at 2.9 percent in the 2011-2012 school year.
Educational choice options
- See also: School choice in Missouri
School choice options in Missouri include: charter schools, open enrollment policies and online learning programs. In addition, about 11.50 percent of school age children in the state attended private schools in the 2011-12 academic year, and an estimated 2.67 percent were homeschooled in 2012-13.
Education funding and expenditures
- See also: Missouri state budget and finances
According to the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), the state spent approximately 22.6 percent of its fiscal year 2012 budget on elementary and secondary education. As a share of the budget, this is down 1.60 percentage points, or 6.6 percent, from fiscal year 2008, when the state spent 24.2 percent of its budget on elementary and secondary education.
|Comparison of financial figures for school systems|
|State||Percent of budget (2012)||Per pupil spending (2011)||Revenue sources (2011)|
|Percent federal funds||Percent state funds||Percent local funds|
| Sources: NASBO, "State Expenditure Report," Table 8: Elementary and Secondary Education Expenditures As a Percent of Total Expenditures |
U.S. Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011,Governments Division Reports," issued May 2013
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, public school system revenues in Missouri totaled approximately $10.1 billion in fiscal year 2011. The table and chart below present further detail, including revenue sources, for Missouri and surrounding states.
|Revenues by source, FY 2011 (amounts in thousands)|
|Federal revenue||State revenue||Local revenue||Total revenue|
|Source: National Center for Education Statistics|
|Public school revenues by source, FY 2011 (as percents)|
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, public school system expenditures in Missouri totaled approximately $10.0 billion in fiscal year 2011. The table and chart below present further detail, including expenditure types, for Missouri and surrounding states.
|Expenditures by type, FY 2011 (amounts in thousands)|
|Current expenditures**||Capital outlay||Other***||Total expenditures|
| **Funds spent operating local public schools and local education agencies, including such expenses as salaries for school personnel, student transportation, school books and materials, and energy costs, but excluding capital outlay, interest on school debt, payments to private schools, and payments to public charter schools.|
***Includes payments to state and local governments, payments to private schools, interest on school system indebtedness, and nonelementary-secondary expenditures, such as adult education and community services expenditures.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics
|Public school expenditures, FY 2011 (as percents)|
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average national salary for classroom teachers in public elementary and secondary schools has declined by 1.3 percent from the 1999-2000 school year to the 2012-2013 school year. During the same period in Missouri, the average salary decreased by 2.5 percent.
|Estimated average salaries for teachers (in constant dollars**)|
|**"Constant dollars based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, adjusted to a school-year basis. The CPI does not account for differences in inflation rates from state to state."|
In 2012 the Fordham Institute and Education Reform Now assessed the power and influence of state teacher unions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Their rankings were based on 37 different variables in five broad areas, including: resources and membership, involvement in politics, scope of bargaining, state policies and perceived influence. Missouri ranked 38th overall, or "weak," which was in the fourth of five tiers.
The main unions related to the Missouri school system are the Missouri National Education Association, an affiliate of the National Education Association (NEA), and the Missouri Federation of Teachers, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). For the 2003 tax period, the Missouri National Education Association had: $7.52 million in total revenue, $7.47 million in total expenses and $3.13 million in total assets. For the same period, the Missouri Federation of Teachers had: $373,550 in total revenue, $370,769 in total expenses and $82,638 in total assets.
List of local Missouri school unions:
- Missouri National Education Association
- Missouri Federation of Teachers
- AFT St. Louis, Local 420
- Kansas City Federation of Teachers
- Rockwood National Education Association
- Gladstone National Education Association
- See also: Missouri government sector lobbying
The main education government sector lobbying organization is the Missouri School Boards Association.
The Missouri Accountability Portal is the state's spending transparency database. It discloses information about state government spending, and includes data on state employee salaries, agency expenditures, and tax credit information. The Missouri Accountability Portal was created at the executive order of Governor Matt Blunt in July 2007.
Education ballot measures
Ballotpedia has tracked 32 statewide ballot measures relating to education.
- Missouri Affecting the Tax Rate for School Purposes Amendment, Issue 1 (1918)
- Missouri Bonds for Educational Institutions, Amendment 1 (January 1956)
- Missouri Cigarette Tax for Schools, Referendum 1 (October 1955)
- Missouri County Board of Education Proposition, Issue 12 (1922)
- Missouri Education Tax Increase, Proposition B (1991)
- Missouri Free Public Schools Amendment, Issue 1 (1912)
- Missouri Gambling Loss Limits, Proposition A (2008)
- Missouri General Assembly Expenses, Issue 1 (1946)
- Missouri Impeachment Powers within State Education Amendment, Issue 8 (February 1924)
- Missouri Increase of School Taxes, Issue 1 (1950)
- Missouri Issue 8, Tax Assessments, Bonds and Public Education (1938)
- Missouri Kansas City School Operating Levy, Amendment 3 (April 1998)
- Missouri Lottery Proceeds for Education, Amendment 11 (August 1992)
- Missouri Maximum School Taxes Rate, Amendment 4 (August 1982)
- Missouri Organization of Public Education Amendment, Issue 15 (1924)
- Missouri Property and School Tax, Issue 8 (1938)
- Missouri Public School Fund Management, Issue 1 (1944)
- Missouri Repeal Separate Schools for White and Colored Children, Amendment 5 (August 1976)
- Missouri Revenue for School Purpose Amendment, Issue 2 (1918)
- Missouri School District Bond Limit, Amendment 2 (August 1996)
- Missouri School District Bond Limit, Amendment 4 (April 1998)
- Missouri School District Debt Limit, Amendment 2 (1952)
- Missouri School District Property Tax, Amendment 2 (January 1966)
- Missouri School Foundation Program, Referendum 2 (October 1955)
- Missouri School Operating Levy, Amendment 2 (1998)
- Missouri School Taxes, Issue 1 (1942)
- Missouri Student Assistance, Amendment 7 (August 1976)
- Missouri Tax Increase to Support Public Education Amendment, Issue 9 (1912)
- Missouri Tax Levy to Support Universities Amendment, Issue 11 (1910)
- Missouri Teacher Performance Evaluation, Amendment 3 (2014)
- Missouri Teachers Pensions, Issue 3 (1934)
- Missouri Teachers Pensions, Issue 3 (1936)
Studies and reports
State Budget Solutions education study
State Budget Solutions examined national trends in education from 2009 to 2011, including state-by-state analysis of education spending, graduation rates, and average ACT scores. The study showed that the states which spent the most did not have the highest average ACT test scores, nor did they have the highest average graduation rates. A summary of the study is available here. The full report can be accessed here.
See our recent news stories: "Stipend scandal erupts in St. Joseph, Missouri" and "St. Joseph School District rated "poor" in financial audit" and "Board votes to fire St. Joseph School District superintendent."
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- Missouri state budget and finances
- Missouri Department of Education
- Missouri school districts
- School choice in Missouri
- Charter schools in Missouri
- Education Policy in the U.S.
- National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12," accessed March 18, 2014
- ED Data Express, "State Tables Report," accessed March 17, 2014 The site includes this disclaimer: "States converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate [starting in the 2010-2011 school year], which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states."
- United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
- United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD); Table 2.—Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011-12," accessed May 12, 2014
- United States Department of Education, "ED Data Express," accessed May 12, 2014
- Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Vision, Mission and Goals," accessed May 22, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Commissioner," accessed May 22, 2014
- Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "About the State Board," accessed May 22, 2014
- Common Core State Standards Initiative, "Core Standards in your State," accessed June 12, 2014
- Missouri Learning Standards, "About the Missouri Learning Standards," accessed June 17, 2014
- Columbia Daily Tribune, "Governor vetoes teacher gun bill, signs Common Core reform measure," July 14, 2014
- United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey, 2011-2012," accessed May 7, 2014
- United States Department of Education, ED Data Express, "State Tables," accessed May 13, 2014
- ACT, "2012 ACT National and State Scores," accessed May 13, 2014
- Commonwealth Foundation, "SAT Scores by State 2013," October 10, 2013
- United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Dropout and Graduation Rate Data File, School Year 2010-11, Provision Version 1a and School Year 2011-12, Preliminary Version 1a," accessed May 13, 2014
- National Association of State Budget Officers, "State Expenditure Report, 2011-2013," accessed February 21, 2014
- National Association of State Budget Officers, "State Expenditure Report, 2009-2011," accessed February 24, 2014
- National Association of State Budget Officers, "State Expenditures Report, 2010-2012," accessed February 24, 2014
- National Association of State Budget Officers, "State Expenditure Report, 2009," accessed February 24, 2014
- National Association of State Budget Officers, "State Expenditure Report, 2008," accessed February 24, 2014
- United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts: School Year 2010–11," accessed May 13, 2014 (timed out)
- Maciver Institute, "REPORT: How much are teachers really paid?," accessed October 29, 2014
- United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 211.60. Estimated average annual salary of teachers in public elementary and secondary schools, by state: Selected years, 1969-70 through 2012-13," accessed May 13, 2014
- Thomas E Fordham Institute, " How Strong Are U.S. Teacher Unions? A State-By-State Comparison," October 29, 2012
- Center for Union Facts, "Missouri National Education Association," accessed April 11, 2010
- Center for Union Facts, "Missouri Federation of Teachers," accessed April 11, 2010
- Center for Union Facts, "Missouri teachers unions," accessed April 11, 2010
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