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Missouri's Excellent Education System Ensures an Ample Workforce
Missouri’s abundance of highly skilled employees results from the state’s superior education systems. From elementary through post-secondary education, Missouri’s educational institutions continue to excel at providing an exceptional intellectual framework for its residents.
Elementary and Secondary Education
- Missouri’s high school graduation rate for the 2008-2009 school year was 83.1%, higher than the national average of 75.5% (Digest of Education Statistics).
- Missouri students consistently score higher than the national average on both the ACT and the SAT.
- Missouri ranked 11th for number of operational school districts in 2011, higher than Massachusetts, Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Florida.
- Four Missouri schools were awarded gold medals by U.S. News and World Report in 2012:
- Metro High School, St. Louis City School District, ranked 76th nationally.
- Clayton High School, Clayton School District, ranked 136th nationally.
- Lincoln College Preparatory, Kansas City 33 School District, ranked 254th nationally.
- Central High School, Springfield R-XII School District, ranked 327th nationally.
|Elementary and Secondary Education Statistics
|2010-2011 School Year. Source: National Center for Education Statistics
|Total Number of Elementary and Secondary Schools
|Elementary and Secondary Schools' Pupil/Teacher Ratio
Missouri's 138 post-secondary educational institutions continue to score high in national and regional rankings.
- In addition to ranking 14th overall in the country, Washington University has been recognized as having the 6th best School of Medicine: Research by U.S. News and World Report. The university was also ranked in the Top 25 American Research Universities in 2011.
- Four Missouri regional universities are included in the top 25 in the Midwest according to U.S. News and World Report:
- Truman State University ranked 8th overall. Truman was the top ranked public regional university in the Midwest.
- Drury University ranked 11th.
- Rockhurst University ranked 21st.
- Webster University ranked at 24th.
- Eight Missouri regional universities are included in the top 25 in the Midwest for Most International Students according to U.S. News and World Report:
- Park University ranked 2nd.
- Lindenwood University ranked 4th.
- Columbia College ranked 5th.
- Drury University ranked 8th.
- Fontbonne University ranked 10th.
- Truman State University ranked 19th.
- Avila University ranked 20th.
- Southeast Missouri State University ranked 22nd.
- One Missouri regional college was included in the top 30 in the Midwest: College of the Ozarks ranked 9th.
- Truman State University and the University of Missouri--Columbia were among Kiplinger's Best Values in Public Colleges for 2013.
- Truman State was ranked 6th best Master's University by Washington Monthly in 2012.
| Source: National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data.
|Total Title IV Degree Granting Post-Secondary Institutions
|Bachelor's Degrees Awarded
|Master's Degrees Awarded
|Doctor's Degrees Awarded