Show-Me Schools Ranked: Kansas City Stays Losing

A new resource for parents for parents to compare and contrast school performance has just been developed. 

And, yes, Kansas City, Missouri is at the bottom of the list. 

Here's the word . . .

New Website Ranking All Missouri Public Schools Goes Live

Site Provides Detailed Information Not Easily Available Anywhere Else

ST. LOUIS, MO – Missourians can now easily see how their children’s schools are performing with a new school ranking website,, launched today by the Show-Me Institute. provides parents, policymakers, educators, and taxpayers with access to easy-to-understand information about student performance at every Missouri school, including information that the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) does not make easily available.

“Whether they are hiding information or simply not sharing it, the need for this school ranking initiative stemmed from the failures of DESE,” said Brenda Talent, CEO of the Show-Me Institute. “DESE has not offered the level of transparency regarding student performance that is necessary to improve Missouri’s failing education system.”

“Accountability is vital to standards-based education, and right now there is little accountability,” said Dr. Susan Pendergrass, Director of Research and Education Policy at the Show-Me Institute. “Publicly grading and ranking schools is an important first step in accountability. We hope the information motivates educators and policymakers to focus on improving student performance and overall outcomes.”

The Institute has developed its own method of grading schools and districts that uses DESE-supplied data. The grades are based on data from the 2018–19 school year and are calculated across several performance metrics. In addition to letter grades for each student performance metric, schools and districts are ranked based on how their performance compares to all others in the state. The grades are combined to produce a grade point average, or GPA, for each school and district, which are then ranked based on their GPA.

The site will be updated as new data become available. 


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