The MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION or
DESE, autonomous of the governor and the
Missouri State Legislature ,
administers primary and secondary public education in the state of
Missouri . Local municipalities and their respective school districts
operate individual public schools but the Department audits
performance of public schools. The Department also makes
recommendations to state leaders concerning education spending and
policies. The department is headquartered in the Jefferson State
Office Building in downtown Jefferson City,
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Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has
launched Top 10 by 20, a major improvement effort that aims for
student achievement in
Missouri to rank among the top 10 states by
Missouri students will graduate college and career ready.
Missouri children will enter kindergarten prepared to be
successful in school.
Missouri will prepare, develop and support effective educators.
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will
improve departmental efficiency and operational effectiveness.
Constitution of the State of Missouri
* ^ "How to Contact Us."
Missouri Department of Elementary and
Secondary Education. Retrieved on July 16, 2009.
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