Thursday, August 20, 2015

Best and Worst Test Scores in St Louis Area

Best Test Scores in St Louis Area

passing rates by race for all state districts alphabetic

2012:  Statewide, 55 percent of students scored as either proficient or advanced in communications arts, up from 54.6 percent. The passing rate in math edged up from 54.3 percent to 55 percent.

A handful of districts in the St. Louis area were among the state's best on the exams. Lindbergh ranked third in the state in math and tops in the region, with nearly 84 percent of students landing proficient or advanced scores. Ladue, Brentwood and Kirkwood also took top honors, with more than 77 percent of their students passing math.

those school districts that have struggled under the state's accreditation rating system, which also looks at factors such as ACT scores and graduation rates. Ultimately, districts that are stripped of accreditation — currently St. Louis, Riverview Gardens and Kansas City — face state sanctions.

Lindbergh 83.9%
Brentwood 79%
Ladue 77.9%
Kirkwood 77.5%
Clayton 74.9%

English, 91.4 percent
-Math, 92.4
-Science, 90.6
-Social Studies 76.1
Racial high school enrollment 2014-15
White 75.7% African American- 13.4% Two or more races- 5.9%
Fort Zumwalt East
English, 85.8 percent
-Math, 79.8
-Science, 88.7
-Social studies, 85.7

Fort Zumwalt South
English, 88.2 percent
-Math, 82.8
-Science, 90.4
-Social studies, 79.9

Fort Zumwalt West
English, 88.8 percent
-Math, 77.3
-Science, 90
-Social Studies, 79.9

Francis Howell High
English, 88.5 percent
-Math, 78.7
-Science, 90.4
-Social studies, 88.5

-English, 87.4 percent
-Math, 87.5
-Science, 90.8
-Social studies, 87.4

-English, 93 percent
-Math, 84.5
-Science, 89
-Social studies, 82.3

Scores vs Poverty Free Lunch

Statewide scores by race (select one race at a time)
White    50.6
Black    22.9
Asian    67.6
Hispanic 36.3


this has breakdown by race for each district

Top 5  - passing - free lunch - passing by race

Clayton 75.3 16.5      W 83 B 35 A 95 H 71
Ladue 73.6 12.5        W 79 B 35 A 92 H 68
Kirkwood 72.3 17.1 W 81 B 32 A 71 H 58
Lindbergh 73.5 17.8  W 83 B 66 A  89 H 72
Brentwood 71.2 28.1 W 79 B 49 A 100 H 78

In all of the top schools, Asians are usually highest, followed by whites in 80s. Blacks are much lower from 35-66 even though research shows that education is best in desegregated environments. Hispanics generally higher than blacks from 58-78

Bottom 5

They are all predominantly black ranging from 77% to 98% black, passing 12-17%
Statewide passing rate for math is 22.9 so Fergeson at 17 isn't far below state average for blacks.
90+% minority Riverview Gardens and Normandy forced by state law to pay for students to flee "failing" or "troubled" schools to other districts and going bankrupt for remaining students who score lowest rates.

District - pass rate overall - free lunch rate - pass rate by race
Normandy 12.4 91.5 W 6 B 12 H 26 "worst performing district in state"
97% black
Riverview Gardens 12.6 94 W 12 B 12 H 25
1% white 98% black
Fergeson-Florissant 20.4 57.8 (middle class) W 41 B 17 A 42 H 25
16% white 77% black
St. Louis City 21.8 88.8  W 49 B 17 A 49 H 27
white 14% black 80% hisp 3% asian 3%

Nearly all-white Lonedell schools are just as poor / same free lunch rate as Fergeson but has much higher 58% pass rate
58.7% pass 58.1 free lunch
students:  99% White 1%  Black:
Ft Zumwalt
59.2% pass 22.1 free lunch  W 61 B 42 A 76 H 45
zillow 85% white 6% black 4% hispanic 3% asian

Jim Bell · Works at USD 501 Topeka Public School
I remember quite a few years ago when Riverview Gardens wanted to bring in more teachers that better represented the districts population. They made every single teacher re-apply for their jobs. Many teachers lost their jobs while many others seen the hand writing on the wall and didn't renew on their own. Seeing the posted scores just published, all I can say now to the administration is how is that decision working out for you? Looks like RG ranked the lowest in the entire STL area including the city. 

Riverview Gardens is committed to recruiting, hiring and retaining employees of ***various backgrounds*** and experiences to provide rewarding educational opportunities for our children. We know that every position within the district, including our facilities staff, food service, and transportation, directly relates to the educational successes of our children. Our district has one high school, two middle schools, nine elementary schools, and a nationally acclaimed early childhood center. Our community is supportive and involved in the success of our students, teachers and all staff.

District is so bad they pay other districts to educate their students; Money being paid by Normandy, Riverview Gardens to other districts not being spent helping students February 10, 2014  By Elisa Crouch, Jessica Bock ...Rose Acres has absorbed 26 transfer students and hired two staff members with money from ***failing districts*** to accommodate the new students. 2,200 transfer students have fanned out across the St. Louis region in search of a better education than they were getting in the ***troubled*** Normandy and Riverview Gardens school districts. tuition payments continue to cripple the unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts. Without an influx of cash, Normandy could go bankrupt this spring. Now, some superintendents in the receiving districts are questioning whether they should return part of the money to Normandy to stave off its collapse.

Kathy Wilson
If poverty was a total issue no poor child would ever score well or succeed, and we know that's not true. Education, as a priority, begins in the home. Why are Asians the minority no one wants to include in any scores or special funding? Because they beat out the white kids.

Beth Griffin · St. Louis
We already know what works - smaller class sizes, wrap-around services, longer school days, year-round school, preschool among other things. The problem is that we don't want to invest in these education improvements so that poor children have a better chance to be successful. [actually none of these things have been demonstrated to eliminate gaps]

David Best · Webster University
add parental involvement to that also...

Riverview Gardens High School

Minority enrollment is 98% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 28%.
The school district's 52% graduation rate is lower than the MO state average of 86%.
The student population of 1294 students has declined by 34% over five years. (because of transfers to high scoring="better" districts)
The teacher population of 60 teachers has declined by 44% over five years.
80% free or reduced lunch.

Posted November 23, 2014
- a community member School is unaccredited, nobody wants to buy a home in the area, property values are down, taxes are down, revenue is down, school funding is down. Vicious circle. Clean up your act, RG!

Posted December 05, 2012
- a community member Rating only the band program. I am a professional musician working with Riverview's high school band. The newer band director is EXCELLENT and is working overtime to grow the program. A new study shows that students in band do better in all other subjects. (See for this study) Mr. Lockhart's dedication is already making a difference. The music students are respectful and eager to learn!

Posted September 20, 2012
- a student My friend and i are currently attending Riverview Gardens High school, we are both sophmores, and we (STRONGLY DISAGREE) with what other parents, teachers, and former students are saying about our school. We are working extremely hard to get our creditedition back. Every school has fights and problems, so dont try and down grade our school, because like other school, we also have very intelligent students.
Posted September 17, 2012

- a community member I graduated from Riverview in 1968, graduated from UMSL four years later and am amazed at the drastic deterioration of my old high school. I have tracked the reputation of this school in the time since I left as I now live out of state. It is unbelievable. What did you people do to that school??? It is pathetic !

Posted May 09, 2012
- a parent Unfortunatlly I don't have a lot of good things to say my daughter has been a student at the high school for three years and to be treated badly and she has been an honor roll student, on the Pom Pom team and has ran for home coming court for princess, so she not a bad student at all but to know that Ms. Bland suspended her and know that the other student confessed that it was her fault, but she decided to do nothing because she doesn't care for my child! but I will do what it takes to make sure our cries are heard so believe me their will be justice by our system in this matter! God Bless!

- a community member It appears as taxpayers in the Riverview Gardens school district we are not getting our money's worth.

Posted August 03, 2009
- a parent When my son was going to riverview high he had so many fight's i had to tranferred him to another school i don't ike the district

Posted February 14, 2009
- a parent I am a parent and my child transferred from Illinois to Missouri, we had a choice between Riverview and Hazelwood, and based up on other reviews I chose Riverview. This was an excellent choice for my child, he is excelling, the freshman principal is awesome and I love the changes that have taken place.

Posted February 04, 2009
- a student I use to attend Riverview Gardens High School my freshman and sophmore year.I now attend McCluer North High School.But when I was there the school was basically just outta control.I thought that school was a place of learning not a play to come and hangout.And thats what the kids coem to that school and do.And some of the teachers don't care.Because,they paycheck is still gonna be the same at the end of the day.I think that it really should be tooken over by the state.Because the people who have been running it.Ain't improving it.And if there is no accredidation whats the point of even coming to school becaus eyour diploma dosen't mean that much.Colleges look at if u came to an accreditted school or not.And if u didn't..You're chances of being exceptd versus a child who did go to an accredited school.You won't get pick..So thats something that should be considered.

Normandy called a "struggling" and "failing" district

White school district sends black kids back to failed schools
06/25/14 Hundreds of mostly poor minority students who used a controversial Missouri law to transfer out of failing schools will be sent back to their home districts next school year, following a tense battle...puts the academic fate of some of the state’s most needy and disadvantaged students at risk. “Children have a right and a need to have quality schools in their neighborhood.” Missouri Supreme Court upheld an earlier ruling that allowed students from unaccredited school districts to transfer to better schools....exodus triggered a number of unexpected consequences. The failing districts were financially responsible for paying all transfer-related expenses, including tuition and transportation costs.... nearly crippled one school district in particular, the Normandy schools, which has paid about $10.4 million to a dozen different school districts. The costs for the Normandy district, which is about 97% black and whose student body is deeply impoverished, forced the legislature to appropriate supplemental funding to keep it afloat. The board recently voted to replace the Normandy School District with a new district, the Normandy Schools Collaborative effective July changing its name, the district is now no longer unaccredited and therefore eligible under the transfer law.

St. Louis area superintendents sound the alarm on Normandy's demise

Administrators are urging action on a plan to rework how the state handles unaccredited schools. Read more

State surprises Normandy schools by control The Missouri Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to take financial control of the unaccredited Normandy School District, which is buckling which is buckling under the financial weight of Missouri’s school transfer law.... transition team to figure out how to educate Normandy’s 3,000 students and 1,000 transfer students in the likely event the north St. Louis County school system goes bankrupt this spring or summer.The amount Normandy must spend on transfer tuition is 1.5 times more than it receives in per-student state aid

Normandy School District sues state, other ... The Normandy School District sued the Missouri Board of Education and 20 area school districts Wednesday, challenging the validity of a school transfer law that has ... Normandy schools, going broke, at a crossroads: students could be dispersed
If district runs out of money this school year, state law would send its kids to other districts. challenging the validity of a school transfer law that has left the Normandy district nearly insolvent.
challenges the federal and state constitutionality of the law that has forced the unaccredited Normandy district to pay transportation and tuition expenses for about 1,000 children who left for higher-performing schools this year. The state did not provide funding for the transportation costs, the lawsuit says, and therefore the transfer law is an unfunded mandate in violation of Missouri’s Hancock Amendment. The Normandy school system has spent about $8 million so far this year on transfer tuition and transportation expenses, an outflow for which officials hadn’t budgeted.

transfer law.Passed in 1993, allows children living in districts that aren’t accredited by the state to enroll in higher-performing schools at their home district’s expense. Breitenfeld and other St. Louis parents sued Clayton schools after the St. Louis district lost accreditation in 2007. The parents had been paying tuition for their children to attend Clayton schools, and asked the district to send the bills to St. Louis in accordance with the transfer law.

McNichols resigns as Normandy superintendent -... WN Jan 22, 2015 · NORMANDY • Normandy schools Superintendent Ty McNichols has abruptly resigned, throwing into question the leadership of the state’s lowest performing district...

Map of St. Louis by race


Eric Fischer was inspired by Bill Rankin’s Chicago map of racial and ethnic divides which took the recent Census data and dotted a city map with colored dots equaling groups of the same race…so he did the same thing for other cities. Not sure if this really counts as being “inspired”. “Thought that it was cool so I did the exact same thing.” might be closer.
Below is Fischer’s map of St. Louis. Each dot is 25 people. Red is white, blue is black, green is asian, orange is hispanic and gray is “other”/white guys that wear their hat sideways.
Ok…we crappily overlaid a Google map on this image for a little clarity.
Note Fergeson and Normandy in NW blue corner at edge of white neighborhoods
No surprises here, but it is interesting that South City is far and away the most diverse area in the region. It’s like a real city right there in the middle of this other city which is right next to the two other segregated areas. How lovely!

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