Lindbergh No. 1 in state in student achievement

For the second year in a row, Lindbergh Schools teachers have led students to academic excellence, as the district again ranked No. 1 in academic achievement among all K-12 districts in Missouri.

Lindbergh students’ scores on the Missouri Assessment Program, or MAP, tests far exceed state averages in communication arts and math. In Communication Arts, 78.3 percent of students scored proficient or advanced; compared with 55 percent on average in the state. The Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, target for Communication Arts is 75.5 percent.

On the math test, 81.5 percent of Lindbergh students scored proficient or advanced, compared with a state average of 54 percent. The AYP target for math is 72.5 percent.

“For the second year in a row, the exceptional efforts of Lindbergh teachers and students have yielded absolutely amazing results,” Nancy Rathjen, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, stated in a news release. “We are so proud of our students who consistently work hard and push themselves to excel, and our teachers who collaborate and challenge themselves to improve instruction year after year.”

In both communication arts and math, eight of Lindbergh’s nine subgroups met AYP targets.

Rathjen said professional development for teachers, individualized and small group instruction in classrooms, and frequent assessments of student achievement all contribute to Lindbergh’s top test scores.

“Many of our parents are active in their children’s learning as well,” Rathjen stated. “This strong family focus on the value of education also plays an invaluable role in student achievement.”