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Study shows STL city schools growing, improving

The St. Louis Public Schools are getting better, a lot better according to a new study released Thursday, but only for some students. The study conducted by the nonprofit agency, IFF, looked at enrollment and performance in St. Louis district and charter schools from 2008 to 2013. It found great gains in the number of […]

Study shows STL city schools growing, improving

The St. Louis Public Schools are getting better, a lot better according to a new study released Thursday, but only for some students.

The study conducted by the nonprofit agency, IFF, looked at enrollment and performance in St. Louis district and charter schools from 2008 to 2013. It found great gains in the number of students with access to schools that meet state standards, but two-thirds of the city’s students still don’t.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says the report shows the district is moving in the right direction. “Today 36 percent of the children in our city are attending a school that meets state standards,” Slay said.  “In 2008, only 18 percent of our students were in schools that met half of the state standards or better.”

Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams, who has often been at odds with the mayor, seemed to echo his sentiments this time.  Adams tells Fox 2 News the district still has a long way to go, but its important to note the progress that’s been made over the last five years.  “We’re nowhere near where we want to be, but the progress is substantial,” he said. “Substantial enough to be reported, not substantial enough for us to jump up and down, but substantial enough to let the community know some positive things are happening in a collaborative way.”

The study also shows enrollment is up five percent overall in charter and district schools. That’s the greatest gain in enrollment in city schools the last fifty years.

 

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