School Choice Score: 0%
The state permits parents some choices among traditional public schools but it restricts such choice to outside of their district. Missouri does not have a private school choice program.
Charter Schools Score: 85%
Missouri’s charter school law improved when charters were expanded beyond St. Louis and Kansas City, although there are still limitations on which entities can authorize. In 2014, the legislature passed a charter improvement bill, but the governor vetoed it. However, momentum seems to be shifting with the opening of more schools and possibly another chance at introducing charter-friendly legislation.
Online Learning Score: 0%
The Missouri Virtual Instruction Program (MoVIP) gives all K-12 students in the state eligibility to take online courses through MoVIP, regardless of their prior-year enrollment. Many counties in Missouri have students participating in MoVIP, though most pay tuition.
- Source: Digital Learning Now!
Teacher Quality Score: 72%
Neither tenure decisions nor licensure advancement and renewal are based on teacher effectiveness. Multiple unsatisfactory evaluations and ineffective classroom performance are not grounds for dismissal. Performance can be considered in layoff decision-making. There is a minimum state salary, but some districts have instituted elements of performance pay. Although, in large cities such as Kansas City and St. Louis, no part of a teacher’s pay can be influenced by evaluation ratings.