Missouri State Board of Education

The Missouri State Board of Education governs public school education in Missouri by

  • Defining academic performance standards and assessment requirements for public schools.
  • Accrediting local school districts. The Board accredits school districts through the ‘Missouri School Improvement Program,’ which includes minimum standards for high school graduation, curriculum, student testing, support services and other areas of school operations.
  • Establishing requirements for the education, testing, assessment, certification and recertification of all public school teachers and administrators.
  • Operating the Missouri School for the Blind (St. Louis), the Missouri School for the Deaf (Fulton), and the statewide system of State Schools for Severely Handicapped.
  • Overseeing federal education programs and the distribution of federal funds to school districts.
  • Establishing regulations for school bus safety and for fiscal management in local school districts.
  • Submitting annual budget recommendations for education to the Missouri Legislature.
  • Administering the state’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Sheltered Workshop programs, which provide services for adult Missouri citizens with disabilities

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
PO Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: 573-751-4212
http://dese.mo.gov