State Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven says Missouri’s K-12 public schools continue to deal with chronic absenteeism.


Her response follows the nation’s report card showing reading and math test scores declined among Missouri’s K-12 public school students from 2019 to 2022. Randolph County R-4 School District in northern Missouri recently closed temporarily due to a large population of the school community being sick. The district has 338 K-12 public school students.