A bill in the senate would require public schools in the state to be issued an annual report card on their performance.

State Senator Michael Parson (R-Bolivar) wants the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to issue public and charter schools throughout Missouri annual report cards with letter grade ratings.

Parson says the fundamentals of the bill would place a focus on closing the achievement gap, college and career readiness, attendance, and graduation among students. He says it’s important for parents to know how their school district and schools are performing. “The jist of what this bill is, is to try to make a grading system more legible for parents,” he said.

And Parson says schools and districts should be responsible and accountable for their performance when it comes to educating children. “I think if we all look back to our school days, when you got a report card that was always the day you were either excited or a little eerie,” he said. “I’m not here to put extra burden on a school or teachers, that’s not what my plan.”

Each public school in the state would be given a letter grade of A, B, C, D, and F.


To view the Senate bill, click here.


AUDIO: Mary Farucci reports. (1:03)