Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Agency Profile
Superintendent:Chris Nicastro
FY 2013 Budget:$5.4 billion[1]
Website:Department Home Page
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education oversees public K-12 instruction in Missouri. The department managed 2,439 schools and 916,842 students during the 2012-13 school year.[2]



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See also
Missouri Commissioner of Education
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The mission statement of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education reads:[3]
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.[4]


The current Commissioner of Education is Chris Nicastro. The following list details her cabinet officials:[5]

  • Deputy Commissioner, Financial and Administrative Services: Ronald Lankford
  • Deputy Commissioner, Learning Services: Margie Vandeven
  • Chief of Staff: Robin Coffman
  • Communications: Sarah Potter
  • General Counsel and Governmental Affairs: Mark Van Zandt

Departmental divisions

The Department of Education has seven divisions managed by the officials listed below:[5]

  • Adult Learning & Rehabilitation Services: Jeanne Loyd
  • College and Career Readiness: Sharon Helwig
  • Data System Management: Leigh Ann Grant-Engle
  • Early and Extended Learning: Jackie Wieburg
  • Educator Quality: Paul Katnik
  • Quality Schools: Dennis Cooper
  • Special Education: Stephen Barr

State Board of Education

The Missouri State Board of Education is composed of eight members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. Each member serves staggered, eight-year terms. The Missouri Constitution imposes the responsibility of the instruction of public schools upon the State Board of Education. No more than four board members may belong to the same political party and no more than one member may reside in the same county or congressional district.[6]

The Board of Education is responsible for appointing the Commissioner of Education; setting policies for elementary and secondary education; defining academic performance standards; accrediting local school districts; establishing testing and assessment requirements; establishing regulations for school safety and for fiscal management.[6]

Organizational chart

The following chart outlines the organizational structure of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:[1]

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