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Vol. 45, No. 87

Oct. 5, 2011

Missouri Fares Well in State of the States in Education

The U. S. Department of Education recently released a State of the States in Education report which shows the 10 highest and lowest performing states on basic areas of educational performance. Data sources for the report include educational performance results measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and postsecondary participation information collected by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Areas of focus include: percent of students proficient in 4th and 8th grade reading and math; on-time high school graduation rates; college-going rate of high school graduates; and college graduation rates for associate and bachelor’s degrees.

Of the 27 total categories, Missouri placed in the Top 10 for eight categories as measured by including:

• Percentage of Hispanic students at or above proficient in 4th grade reading
• Percentage of Hispanic students at or above proficient in 4th grade mathematics
• Percentage of students with disabilities at or above proficient in 4th grade mathematics
• Percentage of Hispanic students at or above proficient in 8th grade reading
• Percentage of Hispanic students at or above proficient in 8th grade mathematics
• Four-year high school graduation rates for all students: Class of 2008-09
• Four-year high school graduation rate of white students: Class of 2008-09
• Four-year high school graduation rates of Hispanic students: Class of 2008-09

“While we still have work to do, this is a sign of progress in education here in Missouri,” said Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro. “Missouri’s goal is to be among the Top 10 states in student achievement by the year 2020 and we hope to see more good news like this in the future.”

Missouri ranked in the middle of the remaining 19 categories, including college performance. The NCES Digest of Education Statistics found that 60 percent of Missouri high school graduates head to college, a figure below the national average of 63.8 percent.

For the complete list of findings, visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website, www.ed.gov.