State Board of Education

Missouri State Board of Education

Who's on your state board of education?

The Board consists of eight governor-appointed members, including one non-voting teacher, all of whom are confirmed by the Missouri state senate.

When's the next election/appointment?

All eight members are appointed by the governor.

When's the next curriculum update?

In Missouri, local districts and schools make their own decisions about curriculum, instructional strategies, materials, and textbooks. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education sets the Missouri Learning Standards, which ensure students learn basic skills, including problem-solving and critical thinking.

Missouri Learning Standards

The Missouri

Department of Education

Missouri State Department of Education

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is the administrative arm of the Missouri State Board of Education that works with school officials, legislators, government agencies, community leaders, and citizens to maintain a strong public education system. Through its statewide school-improvement initiatives and its regulatory functions, the department strives to ensure all citizens have access to high-quality public education. In addition to the commissioner of education, the department organization reflects functions under two divisions; Financial and Administrative Services and Learning Services. (from Wikipedia)

How did your district perform during the 2022-2023 school year? Check your district’s report card (2023 report cards available December 1, 2023).

The Missouri


Find your state legislator here.

Similar to Congress, the Missouri General Assembly is divided into the House of Representatives and Senate. Your Senate Education Committee Members can be found here, and your House Education Committee Members can be found here.

These committees conduct hearings, review, and amend bills proposed by a member of their legislative chamber. They also review bills after they have been passed by the other chamber of legislature. Remember, both chambers must pass a bill before it goes to the governor’s desk for a signature or a veto.

School Boards

Several school districts in Missouri had school board elections in 2023. You can read more about Missouri’s 2023 school board elections on this Ballotpedia page. Ballotpedia tracks school board races in 475 school districts. 

Local and State Nonprofit Organizations in Missouri