Missouri approves Normandy evaluation plan

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri has approved a plan for evaluating the progress of a struggling St. Louis county school system.

The plan that the Missouri Board of Education signed off on Tuesday for Normandy focuses on leadership, curriculum, assessments and effective instruction. There also will be monthly progress meetings.

Hundreds of Normandy students have used a state law that requires unaccredited districts to pay for students to transfer to accredited districts. The transfers financially decimated the Normandy district, forcing the state to approve extra funding.

School performance reports released this fall show that the school system received just 7.1 percent of the points possible, a drop from the previous year. No other Missouri school district fared worse.

Amid the problems, the state decided to replace the Normandy district with a state-controlled school entity.