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Are Missouri’s School Districts Making the Grade?

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Though classes have just begun, school districts in the state are being graded, and for some it’s not a report card to stick on the refrigerator.

This year Missouri switched from a 14 point to a 140 point system for grading districts, making it a lot harder for districts used to seeing perfect scores to achieve them.

In St. Louis County only Brentwood Union Free School District scored a 100%, the Parkway School District scored a 99.6 percent.

Also under the system, called MSIP-5, a district that earned fewer than 50 percent of the possible points are at risk of becoming unaccredited, fewer than 70 percent of the points the district is at risk of becoming provisionally accredited.

Under the new way of calculating things St. Louis Public Schools, who regained provisional accreditation, would be back unaccredited scoring only 24.6 percent.

St. Louis Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams told KMOX, “We’re disappointed with the scores.”

Adding, “I don’t want to minimize the fact that we didn’t do as well as we did. I don’t want to make is seem that we’re giving excuses, but I do think this one is different.”

Also bringing up the rear are the Normandy School District and Riverview Gardens. Normandy scored 11.1%, Riverview Gardens 28.6 percent.

Falling under provisionally accredited status is:

Ferguson-Florissant R-II: 69.3%

Jennings: 65.7%

University City: 66.8%

Kansas City: 60.0%

Poplar Bluff R-I: 69.6%

The state doesn’t accredit charter schools, but uses the same system to evaluate them.

Carondelet Leadership Academy: 58.6%

Confluence Academies: 28.3%

Construction Careers Center: 16.1%

Hope Academy: 17.1%

Lift for Life Academy: 68.2%

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