Quality Schools Coalition

Ensuring that every student in Missouri has access to a high-quality public education.

Your Missouri Educational Advocate

Improving Our Schools Through Public Awareness And Political Action.

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Academic outcomes for K-12 students in Missouri are below national averages.

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Missouri high school graduates need better preparation for college and careers.

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Missouri’s schools see persistent achievement gaps based on race and income.

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Our Challenge

Missouri’s policy framework for K-12 education does not create the necessary conditions for our public schools to flourish. As a result, many children in Missouri lack access to high-quality public education.

8%
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Percentage of Missouri 8th graders proficient in reading

5%
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Percentage of Missouri 8th graders proficient in Math.

12thDown from 17th in 2009
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Missouri's national ranking in 8th grade reading proficency.

8thDown from 22th in 2009
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Missouri's national ranking in 8th grade math proficiency

$52,450Missouri Average Teacher Pay*
$66,350US Average Teacher Pay*
26th
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Missouri ranks 46th nationally for average teacher pay*

*Source is National Center for Education Statistics, data from 2022

$11,850Missouri Annual Per Pupil Expenditures**
$14,250US Annual Per Pupil Expenditures**
17th
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Missouri ranks 37th nationally for annual per pupil expenditures**

*Source is U.S. Census Bureau, data from 2021

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Whether it’s messaging your local legislator or joining Quality Schools Coalition at the Missouri State Capitol, no action is too small when expanding educational opportunities for all students in Missouri. Fill out the form today to learn more!

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Quality Schools Coalition will Cast a New Vision For What is Possible

Quality Schools Coalition studies the challenges and successes in Missouri and other states to cast a new vision for what is possible. We are building a coalition of education partners, community advocates, and policymakers to achieve that vision: 

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Define the Problem

QSC examines data, including student performance results, to understand how Missouri is doing. Key areas of concern include academic outcomes in Missouri that are below national averages, the college and career readiness of our high school graduates, and persistent achievement gaps based on race and income.

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Identify Solutions

QSC studies policies and practices that improve student outcomes and proposes positive changes in Missouri based on this research. Our policy objectives include a stronger school accountability system that emphasizes student growth, fair and adequate funding for all students, and an expansion of public school choice so that all parents have a variety of high-quality options for their children.

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Build a Coalition

QSC works with parents, educators, community advocates, government officials and other education stakeholders to inform ourselves and our community about the current state of public education in Missouri and pathways for improvement. Together with these allies, QSC advocates for changes in public policy that will create the conditions for all of our public schools to flourish.

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QSC is Grateful to Collaborate With These and Other Organizations in Pursuit of Our Mission

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Quality Schools Coalition2 weeks ago
QSC Board Member Mayor Sly James on the passing of S.B. 727: "the bottom line is that our children and educators deserve these belated investments. Amid the current political landscape, Missourians and our Kansas City communities should view this as a genuine victory on their behalf."

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Quality Schools Coalition3 weeks ago
Currently, Missouri ranks 46th in the country for average teacher pay, and 37th for per pupil expenditures. We know that increased investment in our teachers and students leads to better outcomes in the classroom. Thank you Representative Marlene Terry for voting for Missouri schools!
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Quality Schools Coalition1 month ago
Hey St. Louis friends! Check out this Town Hall event with State Representative Marlene Terry. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and thank Rep. Terry for supporting SB 727, which recently set a new minimum teacher salary and doubled funding for Pre-K programs across the state. Hope to see you there!

Questions for Quality Schools? Contact Us Today!

QSC greatly appreciates your interest in our work. Please send us your questions, and if you want to stay informed on education policy developments in Missouri, you can join our mailing list. If you want to advocate for positive changes, please let us know. There is lots of work to do, and we need your help!