Missouri school districts and parents are getting a more detailed picture school performance with the release of the state's new rating system today. The new system replaces the old 14 point scale with a percentage score based on test scores, attendance, graduation rates and other criteria.
The changes mean finer distinctions between high-performing districts.
It could also mean more districts lose accreditation, including two local districts that don't quite measure up under the new standards: University City and Ferguson-Florissant. But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that state officials are not likely to use the scores to take away accreditation until at least 2015, when they have three years of data to consider.
The figures show just how far struggling school districts have to go to become fully accredited again. The unaccredited Normandy district earned just 11 percent. The unaccredited Riverview Gardens district faired a little better at just under 29 percent. And the provisionally accredited St. Louis Public Schools scored just below 25 percent. Districts need 50 percent for provisional accreditation and 70 percent or more to be fully accredited.