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Tools to Use: MO School Directory Interactive Map

Have you ever wondered exactly how your child’s school and district lie in relationship to legislative boundaries or county lines? The Missouri School Directory Interactive Map, a tool of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), can answer those questions and more.

DESE’s interactive map allows you to view any combination of the following:
· Schools
· School Districts
· Counties
· Missouri House Districts
· Missouri Senate Districts
· U.S. Congressional Districts

So, for instance, you can view all schools in Barton County, Missouri, as they relate to the state’s Senate Districts:

Or if your child attends school in Blue Springs R-IV School District, you can explore the way that each of the schools in the district compares to where Missouri’s House District boundaries lie.

In addition to being able to see how schools, districts, counties, and state and federal legislative districts overlap, you can even customize the style of the map. There are ten different map options, including street view, a view that’s similar to Google Earth, topographical and terrain views, and light or dark gray canvases.

The Missouri School Directory Interactive Map is a modern application that includes some of the information that parents used to be able to find in the printed Missouri School Directory. The Missouri School Directory is available digitally only, now, but the interactive map is a very cool, technologically relevant application of the data in the directory.

According to the DESE website, most of the information in the map comes from the Missouri Comprehensive Data System (MCDS). That information is updated weekly, so the Missouri School Directory Interactive Map is virtually always up to date.

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