St. Louis Public Schools to spend $3.5 million on improvement for accreditation

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by Elizabeth Eisele/ KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on August 23, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 16 at 12:19 PM

(KMOV.com) -- New numbers about student performance and success are causing concern for unaccredited school districts in St. Louis and could cause the St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) to lose its provisional accreditation.

If the SLPS lost accreditation students could transfer out in a similar way Normandy and Riverview Gardens students did. That means more than 50,000 students could transfer out of St. Louis City.

But SLPS Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams said he has a plan to raise the district’s score and said losing accreditation won’t happen as long as he’s in the job.

Some parents of children in the St. Louis Public School district are ready to go, if the door swings wide open by the district losing accreditation.

“If the city district is not doing it,” said parent Kim Anderson, “Then I would move mine to a better district.”

A new system for rating the performance of schools gives St. Louis a 24.6 on a scale of 0 to 100. A score of at least 50 is required to be accredited.

 “It’s a different way they’re evaluating schools, we have to make sure we align our data to meet that new standard,” said Adams, “I’m confident next year will be a totally different story.”

Superintendent Adams’ improvement plan includes spending $3.5 million on one-on-one tutoring and directly overseeing the 18 worst performing schools.

The Cooperating School Districts organized the recent transfer process, but said the state will use three years of scores before stripping away any districts’ accreditation.

Adams said he is so confident in the improvement and accreditation of the district, that he is staking his job on the process.

“I have no doubt,” said Adams, “I will not remain as superintendent if it didn’t.”

 

 

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