Education Advocacy Group Gives Missouri Poor Grade
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - JEFFERSON CITY- Today, national education reform advocacy organization StudentsFirst published its first-ever State Policy Report Card.
Missouri was awarded an overall grade of "D-," with a grade point average of 0.94, for its performance in three critical areas: elevating teaching, empowering parents and spending public dollars wisely.
The state ranked 34th nationally, but was praised in the report for taking steps to providing more choice for parents by expanding allowable locations for public charter schools and creating an expedited approval process for high-performers operators. In addition, the state also passed legislation implementing a stronger accountability process for both schools and authorizers.
The State Policy Report Card is a unique tool for improving student achievement that does not look at individual or school-wide test scores or teacher effectiveness, but instead gauges how well each state's education policies are serving students and schools.
StudentsFirst plans to update and release the State Policy Report Card annually, and aims for states to use the report as a guide to pass laws and policies that prioritize student interests and close achievement gaps between groups of students.
The national report raises serious questions about whether states' education laws and practices are contributing to student success. Nationally, nearly ninety percent of the states received less than a "C" grade on the State Policy Report Card, and no state earned higher than a "B-".
The 2013 Missouri State Policy Report Card can be viewed, downloaded and compared to other states on the StudentsFirst report card web site here: http://reportcard.studentsfirst.org.