Report cards help residents determine if local schools deserve passing grade

Report cards recently released by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education can help Lindbergh and Mehlville school district residents determine whether their local schools merit a passing grade.

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 2005-2006 school year.

This is the 11th consecutive year that the report cards, mandated by Senate Bill 380 — the Outstanding Schools Act — have been issued.

This is the second 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 report cards.

Information contained in the 2005-2006 report cards for the Lindbergh and Mehlville school districts includes:

Enrollment

• Lindbergh — The overall district enrollment was reported at 5,501, up from the previous year’s enrollment of 5,488. The district reported a 95.8 percent attendance rate, up slightly from the 95.6 percent reported the previous year. The state’s attendance rate was 94 percent, unchanged from the previous year.

• Mehlville — This district reported an overall district enrollment of 11,308, down from the previous year’s enrollment of 11,649. The district reported a 95.2 percent attendance rate, up slightly from the 94.8 percent reported the previous year.

Graduation/Dropout ratio

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

Statewide, the graduation rate for the 2005-2006 school year was 81.7 percent, down from last year’s 85.9 percent. The district’s dropout rate was 1.3 percent, down from last year’s rate of 1.4 percent. Missouri’s dropout rate was reported at 4 percent, up from last year’s rate of 3.7 percent.

Of Lindbergh’s graduates, 51.9 percent went on to a four-year college/university, 34.6 percent to a two-year college and 1.2 percent to a technical institution.

Statewide, 39.2 percent of graduates went on to a four-year college/university, 25.7 percent to a two-year college and 4.2 percent to a technical institution.

• Mehlville — Mehlville posted a graduation rate of 88.5 percent, up from the previous year’s rate of 87.9 percent. The district’s dropout rate was 2 percent, down from last year’s 2.4 percent. Of Mehlville’s graduates, 42.8 percent went on to a four-year college/university, 42.9 percent to a two-year college and 3.9 percent to a technical institution.

Staff ratios

• Lindbergh — The ratio of students to classroom teachers during the 2005-2006 school year was 19 to 1, unchanged from the previous year. The reported ratio of students to administrators was 282 to 1, compared to last year’s 249 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 — This district’s ratio of students to classroom teachers during the 2005-2006 school year was 20 to 1, unchanged from the previous year. The re-ported ratio of students to administrators was 299 to 1, compared to the previous year’s 303 to 1.

Salaries

• Lindbergh — For the 2005-2006 school year, the average regular-term teacher’s salary was $50,601, up from last year’s $49,808. Statewide, the average regular-term teacher’s salary was $40,397, up from the previous year’s $39,078.

The average administrator’s salary in the Lindbergh School District was $101,020, up from the previous year’s salary of $98,396. Statewide, the average administrator’s salary was $75,236, up from last year’s salary of $72,824.

• Mehlville — For the 2005-2006 school year, the average regular-term teacher’s salary was $47,463, down from the previous year’s average regular-term salary of $47,886.

The average administrator’s salary in the Mehlville School District was $96,876, up from the previous year’s average salary of $93,658.

Staff

• Lindbergh — Of the district’s professional staff, 78.5 percent held advanced degrees, up from 74.4 percent the previous year. Statewide, 50 percent of professional staff held advanced degrees, up from 49.6 percent the previous year.

Lindbergh’s professional staff had an average of 12.8 years of experience compared to 12.9 the previous year. Statewide, professional staff had an average of 12.6 years of experience, down from 12.8 years the previous year.

• Mehlville — Of the district’s professional staff, 65.1 percent held advanced degrees, down from 68.6 percent the previous year. Mehlville’s professional staff had an average of 12.8 years of experience, down from 13.5 years the previous year.

Finances

• Lindbergh — For the 2005-2006 school year, Lindbergh’s assessed valuation was $1,125,091,860, up from last year’s assessed valuation of $1,005,911,360.

The school district’s tax rate was $3.209 per $100 of assessed valuation. Of the district’s funding, 91.2 percent came from local sources, 6.6 percent from state sources and 2.2 percent from federal sources.

• Mehlville — For the 2005-2006 school year, Mehlville’s assessed valuation was $1,564,703,130, up from last year’s assessed valuation of $1,376,521,790.

The district’s tax rate was $3.6531 per $100 of assessed valuation. Of the district’s funding, 83.1 percent came from local sources, 13.6 percent from state sources and 3.2 percent from federal sources.

Per-pupil expenditures

• Lindbergh — The average per-pupil expenditure for the 2005-2006 school year was $8,489.76, up from the previous year’s per-pupil expenditure of $8,015.09.

No state per-pupil expenditure number was available.

• Mehlville — The average per-pupil expenditure for the 2005-2006 school year was $7,143.66, up from the previous year’s per-pupil expenditure of $6,841.96.

ACT scores

• Lindbergh — During the past year, 345 Lindbergh graduates — 78.8 percent — took the ACT, posting a composite score of 22.9, up from the previous year’s composite score of 22.5.

Statewide, 34,916 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, 587 Mehlville graduates — 72.2 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.