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Support the Quality Education Act (QEA)

The Quality Education Act will improve how Missouri measures school success, makes information available to parents, and supports schools that are struggling. For more information and frequently asked questions about the bill, check out the QEA FAQ.

Senate Bill 804 was prefilled by Senator Curtis Trent on December 1st. On January 10th Senate Bill 804 was heard in the Education and Workforce Development Committee and recieved strong support. We are excited the Missouri Senate has chosen to make public school accountability a priority for the 2024 legislative session.

Show your support. Click here to email your senator and ask them to vote "Yes" on SB 804!

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*
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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**
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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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Quality Schools Coalition11 hours ago
Today, the House Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education passed the Quality Education Act (QEA), HB 2184, sponsored by Rep. Mike Haffner (R-Pleasant Hill), by a 13-2 vote. The QEA will transform the state's approach to assessing school performance by focusing on academic growth as a key measure for student success. The legislation also enhances transparency for parents to access and understand information about school performance.

Dean Johnson, CEO of Quality Schools Coalition, said, "We are pleased to see the Quality Education Act pass out of committees in both the House and the Senate with strong bipartisan support. This legislation is essential for measuring what truly matters and for acknowledging the teachers and schools that advance students' academic performance. In addition, it will provide a way to address the current transparency issues faced by parents and citizens to understand how Missouri schools are performing."

Last week, The Missouri Senate Select Committee on Empowering Parents and Children also passed the Quality Education Act, SB 1366, introduced by State Senator Curtis Trent.
Quality Schools Coalition
Quality Schools Coalition1 week ago
Today, the Missouri Senate Select Committee on Empowering Parents and Children passed the Quality Education Act, which would change Missouri’s system for evaluating school performance to focus on academic growth and achievement, while allowing parents to have better transparency about a school’s performance.

The bill was introduced by State Senator Curtis Trent. The education reforms, which have raised student outcomes in other states, are desperately needed. The Quality Education Act has also been filed by State Representative Mike Haffner. That legislation, HB 2184, has been heard by the House Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education.
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Quality Schools Coalition2 weeks ago
Today was an impactful and inspiring day! Huge thanks to our partners and parent advocates who spent the day meeting with legislators to talk about the Quality Education Act.

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!