Mehlville School District is one of the top performing districts in Missouri, according to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's new ranking system.
The department of education is now ranking districts on a 100-point scale, much more rigorous than the 14-point scale used currently. Under the new system, Mehlville earned a 97.9 out of 100. From 2008-2012, Mehlville earned perfect 14 point scores.
A few districts reached 100, including Clayton, Kirkwood and Lindbergh. The St. Louis Public Schools were given a 22.5.
The new scores will eventually be used for accreditation, with a score of 70 being the minimum.
Mehlville Schools Superintendent Eric Knost shared the news with parents in a letter, which stated:
559 public school districts and charter schools are being measured through Missouri's new system that raises the bar on accountability. In this process that focuses heavily on Academic Achievement, Subgroup Achievement, College and Career Readiness, Attendance and Graduation, the Mehlville School District received 137 out of 140 points, resulting in an overall score of 97.9%. Of the 559 public school districts and charter schools, only 26, or less than 5% appear to have outperformed the Mehlville School District. This clearly makes the Mehlville School District one of the top performers in the state. Additionally, of the 26 districts posting a higher annual performance report, only ten spend less per pupil than our district. With a low per pupil expenditure and a high performance rating, congratulations to our school district for being one of the top performers in the state of Missouri.
Knost shared the news on the district's Facebook page, where more than 140 'liked' the news and left their comments.
Curt Spurr commented: "See, you don't need millions of dollars rolling in with no end in sight. You need hundreds of teachers willing to go the extra mile and teach our children. That is what tax payers expect and appreciate."
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