This section highlights some of the most helpful resources about Education issues in KCResearch on the topics listed below. Many of the resources also aim to answer some of the questions that you might have. This guide will help answer questions like:

  • Is there a correlation between the amount of money spent on K-12 education in the Kansas City metropolitan area and educational outcomes?
  • How do student achievement gains in local charter schools compare to those in local public schools?
  • What are the average ACT and SAT scores for college bound seniors in the Kansas City metropolitan region?

After School Programs

State After School Profiles



These profiles were created by the Afterschool Investments project. The Afterschool Investments project, a project of the United States Department of Health and Human Services Administration, provides technical assistance to Child Care and Development Fund grantees and other State and local leaders supporting afterschool efforts. The profiles describe the character of afterschool programs and compare afterschool activities throughout the two states. Afterschool programs, as reviewed in the profiles, may occur before and after school, on weekends, and during summer months.

After 3PM: After School Program Reports



These 2009 reports were conducted by the Afterschool Alliance and sponsored by the JCPenney Afterschool Fund. The reports contain the results of surveys conducted in an effort to determine how many children in Kansas and how many children in Missouri attend afterschool programs, how many are unsupervised after school, and how these numbers compare to five years ago. Similar reports were completed for each of the fifty states. Nearly 30,000 households across the country were surveyed.

Charter Schools

Charter Schools in Missouri: Student Achievement and Best Practices

This 2010 study was produced by Missouri’s Joint Committee on Education. The study provides a comparative analysis between student achievement gains in Kansas City and Saint Louis public and charter schools. A value-added model was used for the evaluation. The study also includes a review of administrative and instructional best practices. Data for this review was supplied through administrator and teacher interviews in Kansas City and Saint Louis.

Multiple Choice: Charter School Performance in 16 States

Conducted by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University, this report provides a longitudinal analysis of charter schools on student performance. Student-level data covers 65-70% of the nation’s charter schools, including those within Missouri. The data, accessed through student data systems and student achievement testing, is current as of the 2007-2008 school year. The report also presents state-level analyses concerning policy options.

Putting Performance on the Map: Locating quality schools in the Kansas City, Missouri School District

The Kauffman Foundation provided this report of charter schools as well as schools in the Kansas City, Missouri Public School District (KCMSD) to provide a comparative report about schools in each zip code of the KCMSD featuring statistics and analysis of performance and enrollment data.

Higher Education

Foresight 2020: A Strategic Agenda for Kansas Higher Education

In 2010, The Kansas Board of Regents generated this plan for the next ten years of higher education development in the state of Kansas. It is based on five pillars, generated in 2008; but Foresight 2010 takes it further, providing specific objectives for institutions to aim for.

Kansas Higher Education Enrollment Report (KHEER)

The Kansas Board of Regents assembled reports concerning enrollment for Kansas Institutions of Higher education including public four year colleges and universities, two year community colleges, technical schools, and independent and private institutions. Users may click on the year and select the type of institution to see the results.

Enhanced Statistical Summary of Missouri Higher Education

Produced by the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) The Enhanced Statistical Summary of Missouri Education is a way for researchers to access data concerning Higher education in Missouri from 1994 to the present in numerous categories. Clicking on specific reports will direct users to a customizable, interactive table of data concerning a given topic.

Imperatives for Change: Baseline Report

Produced by the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE), the Imperatives For Change (IFC) baseline report provides key statistical information that constructs the basis for Missouri’s strategic plan to improve higher education.

Public Schools

2009-2010 Missouri Public School Accountability Report

Each year, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education publishes an online “school accountability report card” for each public school district, each building and each charter school. This document provides a statewide report card on key accountability measures about Missouri public schools, including information required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The purpose of the annual reports is to give parents, educators, policy makers, and the public a consistent, easy-to-use summary of vital statistics about Missouri’s public education system, pre-kindergarten to grade 12District Reports
Individual District Reports can be retrieved by clicking the second link and choosing which district you would like to see results for. The district report will provide researchers with more detailed information concerning district accountability in the Missouri Public Schools.

K-12 Public School Finance in Missouri: An Overview

This 2006 article was co-written by Michael Podgursky, professor of economics at the University of Missouri–Columbia, and Matthew G. Springer, assistant director for policy research at the Peabody Center for Education Policy, Vanderbilt University. The article examine policies that have generated school funding in Missouri, as well as the outcomes of these policies in relation to overall school spending and inter-district spending gaps.

Elementary and Secondary Education in Kansas: Estimating the Costs of K-12 Education Using Two Approaches

These 2006 cost study analyses were conducted and reported by the Legislative Division of Post Audit of the State of Kansas. Both analyses aimed to estimate the cost of public elementary and secondary education in Kansas. The first study used an input-based approach to estimate the cost to school districts of providing curriculum, services, and programs mandated by State statute; and of meeting graduation requirements developed by the State Board of Education and scholarship and college admissions requirements developed by the State Board of Regents. The second study used an outcomes-based approach to estimate the cost to school districts of meeting the educational performance outcome standards set by the Board of Education.

Student Achievement

ACT Profile Reports: 2010 Graduating Class



These reports were produced by ACT, Inc., an independent not-for-profit organization whose services include education assessment and research. The reports provide information concerning the performance of 2009 graduating seniors in Kansas and Missouri who took the ACT as sophomores, juniors, or seniors. According to ACT, Inc., the reports focus upon “(1) Performance: student test performance in the context of college readiness; (2) Access: number of your graduates exposed to college entrance testing and the percent of race/ethnicity participation; (3) Course Selection: percent of students pursuing a core curriculum; (4) Course Rigor: impact of rigorous coursework on achievement; (5) College Readiness: percent of students meeting ACT College Readiness Benchmark Scores in each content area; (6) Awareness: extent to which student aspirations match performance; and (7) Articulation: colleges and universities to which your students send test results.”

Testing in Kansas: an Overview

Standardized tests are the most common modern measures of student achievement in schools. Most states issue annual tests to measure reading, science, math, and history-government. This article outlines the testing process of the Kansas State Assessment including information on test administration, scoring, and preparation.

Kansas State Assessment Test Scores

Using this online tool, users can select a city and the name of a school in that city and view the results from the annually issued Kansas State Assessment, a measure of student and teacher achievement in schools.

Testing In Missouri: an Overview

This article outlines how standardized tests in Missouri are administered as well as providing information about scoring and regularity of testing reading and math as well as science, writing and social studies assessments. Standardized tests are a common feature of the modern education system, as they are used as a measure of student achievement.

2010 College-Bound Seniors State Profile Report



These reports, prepared by College Board, presents data for 2010 high school graduates who participated in the SAT program. For students who took the SAT more than once, only the most recent SAT responses are summarized.