Knost pleased with Mehlville’s performance

By Staff Report

The Mehlville School District met 14 of 14 standards for the Missouri Assessment Program, according to the annual progress report, or APR.

Superintendent Eric Knost said he is pleased with the district’s performance.

“When you consider the diversity in our subgroup populations, whether it’s our free and reduced (lunches), our (English Language Learners) population, all of those challenges that come with being successful across the board in the school district, if you consider that plus the amount of money we spend, which is on the very low end, I truly believe that to be unmatched,” Knost said.

The district has received Distinction in Performance for the past six years, according to Knost.

Knost said APR is linked to accreditation and is not what is normally distributed this time of year.

“A lot of people are used to seeing AYP stuff right now, adequate yearly progress, which is linked to No Child Left Behind,” he said, “and people are going to have to understand that the state got a waiver to come out from under No Child Left Behind, but the state is also moving to the next cycle of the Missouri School Improvement Program, which they call it the fifth cycle.”

Schools will not be credited with distinction for three years as part of that process, according to Knost.

“Had they been doing it this year, the fact that we met 14 out of 14 standards, we would have been a Distinction in Performance again,” he said.