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The Division of Learning Services is committed to supporting educators in implementing effective, evidence-based practices in Missouri’s public schools with the goal of improved student learning for every student in every school. The Continuous Improvement System and its Theory of Action underscore the primary goal of DESE’s Show-Me Success plan: All Missouri students will graduate ready for success.
Leadership  Strong leaders set the vision and influence direction at every level of the organization to create and support a culture of teaching and learning for continuous improvement.
Collaborative Climate and Culture  Shared values and common goals are the foundation of a collaborative climate and culture of systemic growth and improvement within an educational system.
Effective Teaching and Leading  Effective academic, behavioral and social skill practices, supported by research and meeting the needs of each student, lead to the highest levels of student learning.
Data-Based Decision Making  Accurate, relevant measures across multiple points in time provide the basis for informing on progress, setting goals and guiding decisions leading to improved student learning.
Alignment of Standards, Curriculum and Assessment  Connection, clarity and coherence must exist between standards, curriculum and assessments in order to provide accurate and actionable information regarding student learning.

The division offices include:

Contact Information:

Dr. Stacey Preis, Deputy Commissioner

Robin Barbour, Executive Assistant       

Phone: 573-751-3563
Fax: 573-751-1179

Mailing Address:

Division of Learning Services
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480

Street Address:

6th Floor, Jefferson Building
205 Jefferson Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101

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