State report shows two St. Louis school districts could get full accreditation

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) -Missouri's education officials released the results of a new report card for schools Monday.

This year, the state's 517 school districts and 36 charter school agencies are all doing well enough to at least be provisionally accredited.

The Annual Performance Report from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education ranks schools on a scale of 100. It weighs students academic performance, attendance, college readiness, and graduation rates to consider whether schools are performing well enough to hit accreditation benchmarks.

In Normandy, a 54.6 percent score gets the district into the provisional accreditation range. It's a huge jump from the 7 percent it earned two years ago.

The Riverview Gardens district surpassed the full accreditation mark for the second straight year. The District desperately hopes the Board will formally sanction its full status to combat losing money and students. A state law allows students to leave unaccredited districts.

Saint Louis Public Schools also hope the Board upgrades their status. For the second year in a row, the district scored within the full accreditation range (above 70 percent).

But this year's math and English tests are different than last year's. A Missouri statute bars the Board from lowering a district's scores in a new test year, so SLPS performed slightly better than it would have without the provision.

The Post-Dispatch reports the Board will use the lower score, which is just under 70 percent, when it considers any formal accreditation upgrades at its next meeting, December 2 in Kansas City.

Meanwhile, Gov. Nixon plans to visit Moline Elementary School in the Riverview Gardens District Monday afternoon to talk with students and staff about the performance report.

Other school district results from across the region:

  • Brentwood - 100
  • Festus - 98.9
  • Rockwood - 98.2
  • Fox - 96.1
  • Jefferson Co. 93.6
  • St. Charles - 91.4
  • Hazelwood - 86.1
  • Riverview Gardens - 74.6
  • St. Louis City - 74.6
  • Ferguson-Florissant - 70.4
  • Normandy - 54.6