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New test numbers may show more St. Louis schools in trouble

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– School officials across Missouri are nervously waiting for Thursday night’s release of new figures from the state.

And figures may show how much progress the St. Louis public schools are making.

These figures are the Annual Missouri School Improvement Program Statistics. And this year, they’re using tough new standards that some people predict could lead to a lot more unaccredited districts in Missouri in the next couple of years.

These new standards could prove to be a problem for some districts, since they’re more rigid than past standards. And they may show how much progress the city’s public schools have made after several years under state control after losing their accreditation.

Last year, the city schools were judged to have made progress. So they were granted what’s called provisional accreditation. While the city schools have instituted a lot of reforms to bring up scores and grades, some experts wonder if it’ll be enough. For example, the schools now focus their energies on specific schools that need help, while leaving high-performing schools alone.

The results of those new tougher standardized tests will be made public at midnight Thursday night.