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Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Elementary and Secondary Education
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DESE

Missouri’s Scores Hold Steady in Nation’s Report Card

Missouri’s scores in national math and reading assessments remained steady in 2017, while landing at or above the national averages in all four testing categories among students in the state scoring either basic, proficient, or advanced.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assesses fourth- and eighth-grade students across the country in math and reading every two years. Missouri’s 2017 scores were not statistically different than those in 2015, as nearly 2,300 Missouri students were tested in each subject/grade.

Missouri Improving Educator Preparation Programs

Missouri educator preparation programs are improving their systems for preparing classroom teachers and school leaders. The State Board of Education approved certification areas for 40 Missouri four-year colleges and universities today. Preparation programs and PK-12 are now focused on the same research-based practices, as outlined through the standards and quality indicators. This focus means improved preparation, resulting in better teaching and more learning for students.

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