Education Facts

How Missouri Public School Students Spend Their Time

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Most public school students in Missouri spend only 14% of their year in school (174 days a year times seven hours a day), yet we hold teachers 100% responsible for students’ education. Students must have academic support from their homes to succeed in school and in life.

Too many of our families are unaware of the importance of daily attendance, reading and talking with children at home, and stressing the importance of education because they did not experience these behaviors growing up. Others have multiple jobs and little time to provide academic enrichment at home. Teachers and administrators are often unsure of how to make the connection to home, and parents are often too uncomfortable, or unsure of how, to reach out to the school and accept new educational information and strategies. HOME WORKS! helps make that connection to build trust so parents and teachers become partners in students’ education.

FACT: In Missouri in 2017, only 37% of 4th graders were proficient (on grade level) in reading and 35% of 8th graders were proficient in math. (National Assessment of Educational Progress, 2018)

FACT: In Missouri in 2017, 12% of high school students did not graduate on time. (National Assessment of Educational Progress, 2018)

FACT: 2/3 of all students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the 4th grade will end up in the criminal justice system or on welfare. The 4th grade is the watershed year. We can predict that if a child is not reading proficiently in the 4th grade, he or she will have approximately a 78% chance of not catching up. (Begin to Read, 2017)

FACT: Economically-disadvantaged students and students of color experience significant education disparities. Only 50% of low-income students and 40% of African-American students in Missouri achieve grade-level proficiency in English/Language Arts, and only 25% of African-American students achieve grade-level proficiency in math. (Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 2016)

To read more about the education and health of students in St. Louis, Missouri, and the U.S., take a look at these helpful websites: