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Whether your child attends a traditional district school, a charter school, or a private school, having good information on the school’s quality is vital to making sure your child is prepared for the future. Strong and transparent performance data is also key to ensuring the educational system is effective and efficient.
Missouri’s system of accrediting school districts uses formulas that often give the appearance that every school is succeeding by relying on data that casts the best light on the school while not focusing on actual student achievement.
When you dig into the data, the facts are disturbing:
Schools and districts in Missouri receive an Annual Performance Report (APR) score as part of the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP). While this score is created through a complicated formula that diminishes the importance of actual student performance, it is currently the only existing way of comprehensively comparing school performance. A secondary method is by looking at student performance on state MAP tests.
Unfortunately, accessing this information through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) website can be a complicated and frustrating endeavor. Thankfully, the St. Louis-Post Dispatch has created an easy-to-use interactive site that provides MAP scores, student-teacher ratio, and enrollment data for every school in the state.
The Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP)
A-F School Ratings
Missouri taxpayers spend about $9 billion annually on public schools in Missouri. Few would dispute that investing in education is important and vital to creating a thriving state. However, it is critical that Missouri taxpayers’ money is well spent and that we all have access to information regarding school finance. Here are some tools to help you track education spending in Missouri: