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K–12 Evaluation

The Missouri History Museum is committed to developing and facilitating the highest-quality educational experiences. As part of our efforts to continually improve the programs we offer, we conduct regular evaluation.

Our evaluation efforts are twofold: We gather data from teacher surveys and from observations of programs in action. All data-evaluation tools seek to capture the extent to which our program goals are met.

Program Goals

At the Missouri History Museum we strive for all students to:

  • feel welcome and safe
  • begin developing museum literacy skills that will empower them to be lifelong museum learners
  • foster a greater sense of empathy by engaging with diverse stories

Our programs are therefore designed to be participatory and interdisciplinary, emphasizing the critical thinking skills students use as lifelong learners. So although we do share many engaging stories about the past, your tour won't be a history lecture!

For all of our K–12 programs we strive to create and facilitate experiences in which learners can individually and collaboratively use Museum spaces, objects, and content to:

  • compare and contrast the past and the present
  • make connections between the people, places, and stories of history and their own experiences
  • comprehend and evaluate multiple perspectives and past choices
  • express and support their personal views on history

How Will Evaluation Affect Your Class Field Trip?

You may see a trained evaluator casually observing portions of your visit to the Museum, but this evaluation won't interfere with any part of your experience. Also, unless we've obtained school and parent permission, the evaluator won't interact with your students. 

Helping Us Improve

We'll send an electronic teacher survey after your visit. Please take some time to reflect on your students’ experience and fill out the survey.

See What Teachers Are Saying About Our Programs

“I enjoyed seeing my students make connections to real world experiences and understand the impact of history on their lives today.”

“Very educational and organized. Perfectly supported our curriculum goals and Common Core State Standards for social studies and ELA. Great artifacts and interactive exhibits. Hands-on activities to apply skills.”

“My favorite moment was seeing my students all crowded around a display, carefully examining an artifact they found interesting. It was so neat to see them taking a moment to be really curious and trying to use all the information to understand the artifacts.”

"This program helped my students develop skills they can use in their geography, language arts, and history classes!"

"The program was very hands on and kept my students engaged the whole time."

“The classroom activity sparked good discussion, and the facilitators did a great job of motivating each table to participate.”

“I really liked the use of primary documents—this is a HUGE trend in classrooms right now.”

“I like how the presentation reflected on events that took place recently and compared them to the past.”

“I loved how the students were able to reflect and talk about what they saw on the tour.”

“The theater performance, Madame Chouteau, was amazing!! The presentation was great, and her ability to answer questions afterward was spectacular! Informative and entertaining!”

“Many of our students have never been to a museum. Many students have never been on field trips. Your staff made the students feel welcome and excited to see them.”

“The whole experience was great! From planning the trip, to arriving, to interacting with the tour guides!”

“I felt that this was one of the best field trips that I have taken my class on. I really enjoyed watching my third graders participate. They were totally engaged and enjoyed the challenge.”

"My students really enjoyed the small group tours, and our tour guide made it very personal and asked a lot of "What would you do if you were living during this time?" questions, which really got my kids thinking!"

"What a rich, interactive learning experience we all had!"

"Thoughtful and enlightening."

"The classroom experience helped the kids make connections to the museum."

"They were interested, engaged, and most importantly and surprisingly had fun."

"The guide we had was very prepared and professional. She was able to keep the attention of the kids."

"The experience provoked some students to return with their own families to learn more about the exhibit."

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