ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Parents might not be happy if their¬†child brought home a report card with two D’s and three C’s on it. Those are the grades the state of Missouri earned in a report card on teacher effectiveness.

The National Council on Teacher Quality released it’s ninth annual evaluation, Missouri and Illinois are both in the middle of the pack.

Missouri received a B-minus in delivering well prepared teachers, but a D-minus in both expanding the teacher pool and identifying effective teachers.

Senior vice president and project director Sandi Jacobs says Missouri could learn from other states who ensure teachers are effective after they’re hired by tying professional development to teacher evaluation.

These evaluations let us really individualize the support that teachers are getting,” Jacobs says. “So that good teachers can become great teachers and great teachers can become superstar teachers. And someone who is struggling is really getting the real individual support that he or she needs.”

Missouri’s overall grade was a C-, the same as the national average, Illinois received a C+.

Florida had the highest grade with a B- and Montana was the lowest with a F.

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