The State of Missouri has fallen behind in digital learning and new policies are needed if the state is to achieve its goal of Missouri schools ranking among the nation’s top 10 by 2020.
A new study by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation outlines the deficiencies of Missouri’s current fractured offerings which allow only some K-12 students to access online coursework. The report also includes a series of recommendations that state policy makers could use to establish a modern, open digital learning system available to all Missouri students.
“In Missouri, we have high expectations for student achievement and the performance of our educational system. However, our existing digital learning policy and structure is well out of date,” said Daniel P. Mehan, president of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “Missouri is not among the 29 states that allow full-time online public schools. If we hope to keep pace with the changing landscape in education, we need to start by opening up virtual pathways to give our students more options for learning and success.”
News reporters are invited to join the Missouri Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation at a news conference about the new study at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, in the House Lounge, located on the third floor of the Missouri Capitol’s west wing.