We are committed to providing evidence on education research and policy for the benefit of all students in Missouri.


What we provide

school & district data

relevant research

educational profiles

evidence on education


Equal opportunity for quality education in Missouri. Missouri’s K-12 education system is a diverse collection of school districts, charter LEAs, and independent schools. Whether it is student enrollment ranging from 19 to 24,937 or per pupil expenditures of $7,341 to $27,481, we recognize the breadth of the education landscape in the state. While some issues affect all schools, different regions of the state can have their own unique needs. We remain cognizant of this diversity as we delve deeper into the state’s education system.

Our schools, educators, and policy makers need access to information to inform the decision-making process. As a society, we must work together to ensure all children have access to high-quality educational opportunities.



Researchers and Educators committed to quality education for all


gary W. Ritter, Ph.D

Dean and PRofessor

School of Education

Saint Louis University


Evan Rhinesmith, Ph.D.

DIRECTOR of Research & Evaluation

School of Education

Saint Louis University


Stacey preis, ph.d.

director of Policy

school of education

saint louis university


Ashley N. Donaldson

Research Assistant

School of Education

Saint Louis University




jennifer buehler, ph.d.

associate professor

school of education

saint louis university

takako nomi, ph.d.

associate professor

school of education

saint louis university

mary “rina” chittooran, ph.d., ncsp

associate professor

school of education

saint louis university

joseph r. nichols, ph.d.

assistant professor

school of education

saint louis university


our mission

We conduct and share research on best practices in education. We help lawmakers, educators, and families in the state of Missouri make decisions about education policy and practice. Our mission is to ensure that the people making decisions and building policies about education have the data they need to build the best educational systems possible.



Kelvin R. Adams, Ph.D.

St. Louis Public Schools

MArk T. Bedell, Ed.D.

Kansas City Public Schools

Matthew Christian

Associate Vice President for Research and Chief of Staff
Saint Louis University

Maxine Clark

Clark-Fox Foundation

Joseph S. Davis, ED.D.

Ferguson-Florissant School District

Maureen DePriest

Superintendent for Elementary Schools
Archdiocese of St. Louis

Brian Henry, ED.D.

Waynesville School District

Gwendolyn Grant

President and CEO
Urban League of Greater Kansas City

Christie Huck

Executive Director
City Garden Montessori School

John JungmanN, ED.D.

Springfield Public Schools

Tony Kline

Superintendent/Executive Director
University Academy

Cory Koedel, PH.D.

Associate Professor of Economics
University of Missouri-Columbia

MArtha McCabe

Executive Director
KC STEM Alliance

steve Sanchez, Ph.D.

Associate Provost
Saint Louis University

Peter Stiepleman, Ed.D.

Columbia Public Schools

MArgie Vandeven, Ed.D.

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Robbyn Wahby

Executive Director
Missouri Charter Public School Commission

Awais Sufi

SchoolSmart KC

Sharonica L. Hardin-Bratley, Ph.D.

The School District of University City

Art J. McCoy, Ph.D.

Jennings School District