Report cards allow citizens to grade their local schools

Reports cards reveal enrollment, salaries, test scores in Lindbergh, Mehlville

By MIKE ANTHONY

Report cards released Saturday by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education provide information that Lindbergh and Mehlville school district residents can use to determine if their local schools should be awarded a passing grade.

The report cards chronicle the state of each public school district and its schools to help residents evaluate how their district performed during the 2007-2008 school year.

This is the 13th consecutive year that the report cards, mandated by Senate Bill 380 — the Outstanding Schools Act — have been issued.

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

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

Information contained in the 2007-2008 report cards for the Lindbergh and Mehlville school districts includes:

Enrollment

• Lindbergh — The overall district enrollment was re-ported at 5,599, up from the previous year’s enrollment of 5,597. The district reported an attendance rate of 95.9 percent, up from the previous year’s rate of 95.8 percent.

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

• Mehlville — The district reported an overall enrollment of 10,987, down from last year’s enrollment of 11,083.

The district reported an attendance rate of 95.2 percent, down from the previous rate of 95.3 percent.

Graduation and dropout rates

• Lindbergh — The district posted a graduation rate of 95.2 percent, up from the previous year’s rate of 93.9 percent.

Statewide, the graduation rate for the 2007-2008 school year was 85.2 percent, down from last year’s rate of 86.3 percent.

Lindbergh’s dropout rate for the 2007-2008 school year was 1.3 percent compared to last year’s rate of 1.2 percent.

Missouri’s dropout rate was 4.2 percent compared to last year’s rate of 3.7 percent.

Of Lindbergh’s graduates, 50.6 percent went to a four-year college/university, down from last year’s 54.8 percent; 33.2 percent went to a two-year college, up from last year’s 27.9 percent; and 2.5 percent went to a technical institution, up from last year’s 1.1 percent.

Statewide, 39.9 percent of graduates went to a four-year college/university, up from last year’s 39.4 percent; 26.8 percent went to a two-year college, up from last year’s 26.2 percent; and 3.5 percent went to a technical institution, down from last year’s 4 percent.

• Mehlville — Mehlville posted a graduation rate of 91.1 percent, unchanged from the previous year. The district’s dropout rate was 2.8 percent compared to last year’s rate of 2.6 percent.

Of Mehlville’s graduates, 41.6 percent went on to a four-year college/university, unchanged from the 2006-2007 school year; 39.4 percent went to a two-year college, down from 43.5 percent from last year; and 5 percent went to a technical institution, up from 3.6 percent last year.

Staff ratios

• Lindbergh — The ratio of students to classroom teachers during the 2007-2008 school year was 18 to 1, unchanged from the previous year’s ratio. The reported ratio of students to administrators was 260 to 1, unchanged from the previous year’s ratio.

Statewide, the ratio of students to classroom teachers was 18 to 1, unchanged from the previous year’s ratio, and the ratio of students to administrators was 189 to 1 compared to last year’s ratio of 197 to 1.

• Mehlville — Mehlville’s ratio of students to classroom teachers during the 2007-2008 school year was 19 to 1 compared to last year’s ratio of 20 to 1. The reported ratio of students to administrators was 295 to 1 compared to the previous year’s ratio of 292 to 1.

Staff experience/advanced degrees

• Lindbergh — For the 2007-2008 school year, professional staff had an average of 11.9 years of experience compared to the previous year’s 11.8 years. Professional staff with advanced degrees totaled 74.3 percent compared to the previous year’s 75.3 percent.

Statewide, professional staff had an average of 12.4 years of experience compared to the previous year’s 12.6 years. Professional staff with advanced degrees totaled 51.3 percent compared to the previous year’s 50.6 percent.

• Mehlville — For the 2007-2008 school year, professional staff had an average of 12.2 years of experience compared to the previous year’s 12.6 years. Professional staff with advanced degrees totaled 71.6 percent compared to the previous year’s 72.3 percent.

Salaries

• Lindbergh — For the 2007-2008 school year, the average regular-term teacher’s salary was $52,050, up from last year’s salary of $50,475. The average total salary was $53,082, up from last year’s salary of $51,425.

Statewide, the average regular-term teacher’s salary was $43,236, up from the previous year’s salary of $41,750. The average total salary was $45,027, up from the previous year’s salary of $43,524.

The average administrator’s salary in the Lindbergh School District was $106,804, up from last year’s salary of $102,148.

Statewide, the average administrator’s salary was $80,208, up from the previous year’s salary of $77,639.

• Mehlville — For the 2007-2008 school year, the average regular-term teacher’s salary was $50,255, up from last year’s salary of $48,678. The average total salary was $51,505, up from last year’s salary of $49,810.

The average administrator’s salary in the Mehlville School District was $103,159, up from the previous year’s salary of $96,484.

Per-pupil expenditures

• Lindbergh — The average per-pupil expenditure for the 2007-2008 school year totaled $9,389, up from last year’s $9,026.

Statewide, the average per-pupil expenditure totaled $9,338, up from the previous year’s $8,682.

• Mehlville — The average per-pupil expenditure for the 2007-2008 school year totaled $7,662, up from last year’s $7,208.

Finances

• Lindbergh — For the 2007-2008 school year, Lindbergh’s assessed valuation totaled $1,334,552,970, up from last year’s assessed valuation of $1,143,751,750. The school district’s adjusted tax rate was $3.1485 per $100 of assessed valuation, down from the previous year’s tax rate of $3.1597.

Of the district’s funding, 92.7 percent came from local sources, 6 percent came from state sources and 1.3 percent came from federal sources. For the previous school year, 91.8 percent came from local sources, 6.5 percent came from state sources and 1.7 percent came from federal sources.

• Mehlville — For the 2007-2008 school year, Mehlville’s assessed valuation totaled $1,864,499,620, up from last year’s assessed valuation of $1,594,199,840. The school district’s adjusted tax rate was $3.2731 per $100 of assessed valuation, down from the previous year’s tax rate of $3.6443.

Of the district’s funding, 83.4 percent came from local sources, 13.5 percent came from state sources and 3.1 came from federal sources. For the previous school year, 83.3 percent came from local sources, 13 percent from state sources and 3.7 percent from federal sources.

ACT scores

• Lindbergh — During the 2007-2008 school year, 382 Lindbergh graduates — 77.3 percent — took the ACT, posting a composite score of 23.5. The previous year, 341 Lindbergh graduates — 77 percent — took the ACT, posting a composite score of 23.2.

Statewide, 39,011 graduates — 70 percent — took the ACT, posting a composite score of 21.6 percent.

The previous year, 37,189 graduates — 70 percent — took the ACT, posting a composite score of 21.6.

• Mehlville — During the 2007-2008 school year, 678 Mehlville graduates — 67.8 percent — took the ACT, posting a composite score of 21.5.

The previous year, 596 Mehlville graduates — 64 percent — took the ACT, posting a composite score of 21.8.

The school report cards can be viewed in their entirety by visiting DESE’s Web site at

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