On Tuesday, February 26, Show-Me Institute Director of Research and Education Policy Susan Pendergrass submits testimony to the Missouri House Special Committee on Student Accountability regarding House Bill 476. To read the full testimony, click on the link below.
On January 29, Show-Me Institute Director of Research and Education Policy Susan Pendergrass will submit testimony to the Missouri Senate Ways and Means Committee regarding Empowerment Scholarship Accounts. Click on the link below to read the full testimony.
Missouri has a lot of private schools—more than 600. Most of these schools, like their public school counterparts, are operating below capacity; that is, they have space to serve more students. Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics’ Private School Universe Survey, I calculated approximately how many available seats there are in these schools. To do this, I simply subtracted a school’s current enrollment from its highest enrollment over the past 10 years (In the coming months we’ll release a full report on this).
THE PROBLEM: Missouri students are underperforming. On the 2015 NAEP exam, only 31% of Missouri 8th-graders were found proficient in math and only 36% were found proficient in English. For the Class of 2016, only 22% of Missouri ACT test-takers scored “college-ready” in all four tested subjects. Many students from poor or middle-class families are trapped in failing schools because of where they live and have no opportunity to pursue a better education.
THE SOLUTION: Tax credit–funded education savings accounts.