District report cards allow residents to grade how their schools are performing

Report cards recently released by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education contain information that Lindbergh and Mehlville school district residents can use to grade their local schools.

The report cards chronicle the state of each public school district and its schools to help the public evaluate how the district performed during the 2006-2007 school year.

This is the 12th consecutive year that the report cards, mandated by Senate Bill 380 — the Outstanding Schools Act — have been issued.

This is the third year that DESE has released the report cards. Report cards previously were issued by each school district.

Information encompassing enrollment, graduation/dropout rates, staff, staff ratios, teacher salaries, finances, per-pupil expenditures and test scores is included in the re-port cards.

Information contained in the 2006-2007 report cards for the Lindbergh and Mehlville school districts includes:

Enrollment

• Lindbergh — The overall district enrollment was reported at 5,597, up from the previous year’s enrollment of 5,501. The district reported an attendance rate of 95.8 percent, unchanged from the previous year.

The state’s attendance rate was 94 percent, unchanged from last year.

• Mehlville — The district reported an overall enrollment of 11,143, down from the previous year’s enrollment of 11,308.

The district reported an attendance rate of 93.7 percent, up from the previous rate of 92.8 percent.

Graduation/dropout rates

• Lindbergh — The district posted a graduation rate of 93.9 percent, down from the previous year’s rate of 97.1 percent.

Statewide, the graduation rate for the 2006-2007 school year was 85.8 percent, unchanged from last year’s rate.

Lindbergh’s dropout rate was 1.2 percent compared to last year’s rate of 1.3 percent.

Missouri’s dropout rate was 4.2 percent compared to last year’s rate of 4 percent.

Of Lindbergh’s graduates, 54.8 percent went on to a four-year college/university, 27.9 percent to a two-year college and 1.1 percent to a technical institution.

Statewide, 39.5 percent of graduates went on to a four-year college/university, 25.7 percent to a two-year college and 4 percent to a technical institution.

• Mehlville — Mehlville posted a graduation rate of 91.1 percent, up from the previous year’s rate of 88.5 percent. The district’s dropout rate was 2.6 percent compared to last year’s rate of 2 percent.

Of Mehlville’s graduates, 41.6 percent went on to a four-year college/university, 43.5 percent to a two-year college and 3.6 percent to a technical institution.

Staff ratios

• Lindbergh — The ratio of students to classroom teachers during the 2006-2007 school year was 18 to 1 compared to last year’s ratio of 19 to 1. The reported ratio of students to administrators was 260 to 1 compared to last year’s ratio of 282 to 1.

Statewide, the ratio of students to classroom teachers was 18 to 1 compared to last year’s 19 to 1, and the ratio of students to administrators was 203 to 1 compared to last year’s 204 to 1.

• Mehlville — Mehlville’s ratio of students to classroom teachers during the 2006-2007 school year was 20 to 1, unchanged from last year. The reported ratio of students to administrators was 292 to 1 compared to the previous year’s 299 to 1.

Salaries

• Lindbergh — For the 2006-2007 school year, the average regular-term teacher’s salary was $50,475, down from last year’s salary of $50,601. The average total salary was $51,425, down from last year’s $51,484.

Statewide, the average regular-term teacher’s salary was $41,750, up from the previous year’s salary of $40,384. The average total salary was $43,524, up from the previous year’s $42,064.

The average administrator’s salary in the Lindbergh School District was $102,148, up from last year’s salary of $101,020.

Statewide, the average administrator’s salary was $77,644, up from last year’s salary of $75,223.

• Mehlville — For the 2006-2007 school year, the average regular-term teacher’s salary was $48,678, up from last year’s salary of $47,463. The average total salary was $49,810, up from last year’s $48,564.

The average administrator’s salary in the Mehlville School District was $96,484, down from last year’s salary of $96,876.

Staff

• Lindbergh — Of the district’s professional staff, 75.3 percent held advanced degrees, down from 78.5 percent the previous year. Statewide, 50.6 percent of professional staff held advanced degrees, up from 49.9 percent the previous year.

Lindbergh’s professional staff had an average of 11.8 years of experience compared to 12.8 the previous year. Statewide, professional staff had an average of 12.6 years of experience, unchanged from the previous year.

• Mehlville — Of the district’s professional staff, 72.3 percent held advanced degrees, up from 65.1 percent the previous year. Mehlville’s professional staff had an average of 12.6 years of experience, down from 12.8 years the previous year.

Finances

• Lindbergh — For the 2006-2007 school year, Lindbergh’s assessed valuation was $1,143,751,750, up from last year’s assessed valuation of $1,125,091,860. The school district’s adjusted tax rate was $3.1597 per $100 of assessed valuation, down from the previous year’s rate of $3.209 per $100. Of the district’s funding, 91.8 percent came from local sources, 6.5 percent from state sources and 1.7 percent from federal sources.

• Mehlville — For the 2006-2007 school year, Mehlville’s assessed valuation was $1,594,199,840, up from last year’s assessed valuation of $1,564,703,130. The school district’s adjusted tax rate was $3.6443 per $100 of assessed valuation, down from last year’s rate of $3.6531 per $100. Of the district’s funding, 83.3 percent came from local sources, 13 percent from state sources and 3.7 percent from federal sources.

Per-pupil expenditures

• Lindbergh — The average per-pupil expenditure for the 2006-2007 school year was $9,025.84, up from the previous year’s expenditure of $8,489.76. Statewide, the average per-pupil expenditure was $8,687, up from last year’s expenditure of $8,221.

• Mehlville — The average per-pupil expenditure for the 2006-2007 school year was $7,209.39, up from last year’s expenditure of $7,140.17.

ACT scores

• Lindbergh — During the past year, 341 Lindbergh graduates — 77 percent — took the ACT, posting a composite score of 23.2, up from last year’s composite score of 22.9.

Statewide, 37,189 graduates — 70 percent — took the ACT, posting a composite score of 21.6, unchanged from the previous year’s composite score.

• Mehlville — During the past year, 596 Mehlville graduates — 64 percent — took the ACT, posting a composite score of 21.8 percent, unchanged from the previous year’s composite score.

The school report cards can be viewed in their entirety by visiting DESE’s Web site at www.dese.mo.gov.