The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released its Annual Performance Reports (APR) Monday that shows all Missouri schools have done well enough to qualify for a provisional seal of approval.
The numbers reveal some St. Louis-area schools are climbing the academic improvement ladder based on performance and accreditation.
The Ferguson-Florissant School District and the St. Louis Public School District (SLPS) qualify for full accreditation. Ferguson-Florissant saw challenges academically after the unrest, but has always remained accredited.
This year the Ferguson-Florissant district earned a score of 70.4 percent, a 0.8 percent increase from 2014’s score of 69.6 percent.
Based on the data released, SLPS received 104.5 points, achieving a triple-digit score for the second year in a row.
The once-troubled Normandy school system had a strong 34-percentage point spike in performance, according to the data. With that improved score, the district exceeds Missouri’s standard for provisional accreditation.
For years Normandy had rock-bottom scores and the state took it over in 2014. Normandy implemented Saturday classes to help improve academically.
Other schools also did things to push students’ performance in education.
Riverview Gardens is another unaccredited district. This year’s numbers for that district earned enough points to be eligible for an accreditation upgrade after about nine years of being unaccredited.
Similar to last year, nearly 70 percent of school districts in Missouri got a 90 percent score.
In December, all recommendations for accreditation changes will be brought to the Missouri Board of Education meeting.
The board has the final say on any changes in accreditation status and will consider three consecutive year of performance reports when making that decision.
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