Audio: Missouri has one of lowest number of K-12 students learning remotely: Online substitute training yields big results

Students testing at computers taking MAP tests

All but 25 of Missouri’s more than 550 public school districts and charter schools are learning at least partially in-person. During a board meeting this week, State Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven says the American Enterprise for Institutes ranks Missouri as having one of the lowest numbers of K-12 students learning remotely.

 

 

Of the 25 districts and charter schools only offering distance learning, 16 are charter schools and nine are school districts.

The state launched a 22-hour online training program last fall as an alternative for Missourians to become a K-12 substitute teacher. The effort was meant to help deal with an even greater teacher shortage during the pandemic era. At a board meeting this week, State Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven says staffing problems are still a concern but the program has helped.

 

 

The online substitute teacher training option has expired.