The release of Missouri’s Annual Performance Report and Missouri Assessment Program scores are intended to give the public a look at how our state’s public schools are performing. Take the following, for example:
The achievement gap between African-American and white Students, low-income and non-low-income students, and Hispanic and white students in Missouri is alarming. Without real, systemic policy change, the achievement gap between each of these groups will likely continue to grow wider.
More than half of Missouri’s students are going to struggle when they enroll in college math and science courses, according to a Report issued by ACT called “The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014.” The study reports that just 45% of Missouri’s 2014 graduating high school seniors received the skills during their K-12 experience that prepared them for college math courses. The number is worse for science, where just 42% were found to be ready for what they will face in university science labs.
Overall, just 29% of Missouri students who took the test in 2014 were ready for college in all four subject areas tested on the ACT.
These numbers are relatively unchanged from 2013 and reflect a tradition of underperforming public schools. One might reasonably conclude that the reason the scores are unchanged is because the way education is delivered to Missouri students is unchanged. If Missouri wants its students to graduate high school ready for a productive future, there must be sweeping reform of the state’s education system and parents must be allowed to choose the education that they determine is best for their child.
Missouri’s students are struggling and the fastest, most efficient way to bring about real, sustainable progress is to create significant policy change that focuses on effective teaching, transparency and accountability, and school choice.
CEAM believes strongly that without these policy changes, Missouri’s public schools will continue to fall short of providing Missouri’s students with the high-quality education they deserve. Please take a look at our policy pages below.