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Missouri Education

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Missouri Commissioner of Education:

Dr. Chris Nicastro

District/School Information

Length of School Year: A minimum of 174 school days or 1044 school hours are required by Missouri state law.

Number of Public School Districts: There are 524 public school districts in Missouri.

Number of Public Schools: There are 2432 public schools in Missouri.


Number of Students Served in Public Schools: There are 916,584 public school students in Missouri. ****

Number of Teachers in Public Schools: There are 66,252 public school teachers in Missouri.****

Number of Charter Schools: There are 62 charter schools in Missouri.

Per Pupil Spending: Missouri spends $9,468 per pupil in public education. ****

Average Class Size: The average class size In Missouri is 13.8 students per 1 teacher. ****

% of Title I Schools: 75.5% of schools in Missouri are Title I Schools.****

% With Individualized Education Programs (IEP): 13.6% of students in Missouri are on IEP's. ****

% in Limited-English Proficiency Programs: 2.7% of students in Missouri are in limited-English Proficient Programs.****

% of Student Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunches: 44.9% of students in Missouri schools are eligible for free/reduced lunches.****

Ethnic/Racial Student Breakdown****

White: 74.2%

Black: 16.7%

Hispanic: 4.8%

Asian: 1.8%

Pacific Islander: 0.1%

American Indian/Alaskan Native: 0.4%

School Assessment Data

Graduation Rate: 83.7% of all students entering high school in Missouri graduate. **

ACT/SAT rank: 212.2 students per 1000 in Missouri had a score of 25+ on the ACT or a 1780+ on the SAT. ***

8th grade NAEP assessment scores:****

Math: 283 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Missouri. The U.S. average was 284.

Reading: 267 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Missouri. The U.S. average was 266.

% of Students Who Attend College after High School: 61.4% of students in Missouri go on to attend some level of college. ***

Private Schools

Number of Private Schools: There are 588 private schools in Missouri.*

Number of Students Served in Private Schools: There are 118,667 private school students in Missouri.*

Teacher Pay

The average teacher pay for the state of Missouri was $42,750.00 in 2009.##

Each individual district in the state of Missouri negotiates teacher salaries and establishes their own teacher salary schedule.

The following is an example of a teacher salary schedule in Missouri provided by the Springfield Public School District.
*Data courtesy of Education Bug .

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***Data courtesy of the NCHEMS Information Center for Higher Education Policy Making and Analysis

****Data courtesy of the National Center for Education Statistics

##Average salary courtesy of Teacher Salary Info

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