Local lawmakers honor test success by Mehlville School District, Gaines


Pictured above: Rep. Michael O’Donnell, Rep. Jim Murphy and Rep. David Gregory present Mehlville Superintendent Dr. Chris Gaines with a House resolution praising Mehlville’s 2018 APR scores.

The Mehlville School District is receiving high praise from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

DESE awarded the Mehlville School District an APR score of 99.6 percent on its 2018 Annual Performance Report, released publicly last month.

From 2014 to 2017, Mehlville’s average APR score was 92.4 percent.

The 2018 score of 99.6 is not only improved, it’s the highest score ever received by Mehlville.

Superintendent Chris Gaines visited with local lawmakers Reps. Jim Murphy, Michael O’Donnell and David Gregory at the Capitol on March 7, where they presented him with a resolution touting the success of the school district under his leadership.

“It’s a pleasure to have the superintendent in the building, but even more exciting to talk about the success of the Mehlville School District,” Murphy said in a news release. “We can be confident that our children are graduating with the tools they need to be successful in life.”

The Missouri School Improvement Program uses the APR as an evaluative instrument to show how well school districts meet education standards. The goal is to raise the standard of high quality education throughout the state so that all Missouri children graduate from high school ready for post-secondary success.

The new Mehlville score shows growth in Missouri Assessment Program, or MAP, test achievement for math and English, Murphy said in the release.