Report cards let residents determine if local schools merit a passing grade

Report cards include such information as enrollment, salaries, district finances

By MIKE ANTHONY

Report cards recently released by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education provide data Lindbergh and Mehlville residents can use to determine if their local schools are at the head of the class.

The report cards chronicle the state of each public school district and its schools to help residents evaluate how their district performed during the 2008-2009 school year.

This is the 14th consecutive year that the school accountability report cards, mandated by Senate Bill 380 — the Outstanding Schools Act — have been issued.

This is the fifth year DESE has released the report cards. They previously were issued by each school district.

Information encompassing enrollment, graduation and dropout rates, staff ratios, staff experience, teacher and ad-ministrator salaries, per-pupil expenditures, finances and test scores is included in the report cards. Information about Lindbergh Schools and the Mehlville School District for the 2008-2009 school year includes:

Enrollment

• Lindbergh — The overall district enrollment was reported at 5,643, up from the previous year’s enrollment of 5,599. The district reported an attendance rate of 96.2 percent, up from the previous year’s rate of 95.9 percent.

The state’s attendance rate was 95.1 percent, up from last year’s rate of 94.8 percent.

• Mehlville — The district reported an overall enrollment of 10,788, down from last year’s enrollment of 10,987. The district reported an attendance rate of 95.2 percent, unchanged from last year.

Graduation and dropout rates

• Lindbergh — The district posted a graduation rate of 94 percent, down from the previous year’s 95.4 percent.

Statewide, the graduation rate for the 2008-2009 school year was 85 percent, down from last year’s 85.8 percent.

Lindbergh’s dropout rate for the 2008-2009 school year was 1.5 percent compared to last year’s rate of 1.2 percent.

Missouri’s dropout rate was 4.3 percent compared to last year’s rate of 4 percent.

Of Lindbergh’s graduates, 50.2 percent went to a four-year college/university, down from last year’s 50.6 percent; 33.6 percent went to a two-year college, up from last year’s 33.2 percent; and 2.4 percent went to a technical institution, down from last year’s 2.5 percent.

Statewide, 37.1 percent of graduates went to a four-year college/university, down from last year’s 39.9 percent; 26.2 percent went to a two-year college, down from last year’s 26.9 percent; and 2.5 percent went to a technical institution, down from last year’s 3.5 percent.

• Mehlville — The district posted a graduation rate of 90 percent, down from the previous year’s 91 percent. The district’s dropout rate was 1.9 percent compared to last year’s rate of 2.8 percent.

Of Mehlville’s graduates, 44.8 percent went on to a four-year college/university, up from the 2007-2008 school year’s rate of 41.6 percent; 35.2 percent went to a two-year college, down from 39.4 percent from last year; and 5.1 percent went to a technical institution, up from 5 percent last year.

Staff ratios

• Lindbergh — The ratio of students to classroom teachers during the 2008-2009 school year was 17-to-1 compared to the previous year’s ratio of 18-to-1. The reported ratio of students to administrators was 251-to-1 compared to the previous year’s ratio of 260-to-1.

Statewide, the ratio of students to classroom teachers was 17-to-1 compared to the previous year’s ratio of 18-to-1, and the ratio of students to administrators was 187-to-1 compared to last year’s ratio of 189-to-1.

• Mehlville — Mehlville’s ratio of students to classroom teachers during the 2008-2009 school year was 18-to-1 compared to last year’s ratio of 19-to-1. The reported ratio of students to administrators was 285-to-1 compared to the previous year’s ratio of 295-to-1.

Staff experience/advanced degrees

• Lindbergh — For the 2008-2009 school year, professional staff had an average of 12.2 years of experience compared to the previous year’s 11.9 years. Professional staff with advanced degrees totaled 77.1 percent compared to the previous year’s 74.3 percent.

Statewide, professional staff had an average of 12.2 years of experience compared to the previous year’s 12.3 years. Professional staff with advanced degrees totaled 53.9 percent compared to the previous year’s 51.3 percent.

• Mehlville — For the 2008-2009 school year, professional staff had an average of 12.3 years of experience compared to the previous year’s 12.2 years. Professional staff with advanced degrees totaled 71.5 percent compared to the previous year’s 71.6 percent.

Salaries

• Lindbergh — For the 2008-2009 school year, the average regular-term teacher’s salary was $53,226, up from last year’s salary of $52,050. The average total salary was $54,345, up from last year’s salary of $53,082

Statewide, the average regular-term teacher’s salary was $44,249, up from the previous year’s salary of $43,261. The average total salary was $46,089, up from the previous year’s salary of $45,051.

The average administrator’s salary in Lindbergh was $109,663, up from last year’s salary of $106,804.

Statewide, the average administrator’s salary was $82,274, up from the previous year’s salary of $80,238.

• Mehlville — For the 2008-2009 school year, the average regular-term teacher’s salary was $49,550, down from last year’s salary of $50,255. The average total salary was $50,910, down from last year’s salary of $51,505.

The average administrator’s salary was $100,643, down from the previous year’s salary of $103,159.

Per-pupil expenditures

• Lindbergh — The average per-pupil expenditure for the 2008-2009 school year totaled $9,777 up from last year’s $9,389.

Statewide, the average per-pupil expenditure totaled $10,019, up from the previous year’s $9,338.

• Mehlville — The average per-pupil expenditure for the 2008-2009 school year totaled $7,576, down from last year’s $7,662.

Finances

• Lindbergh — For the 2008-2009 school year, the district’s adjusted tax rate was reported as $3.15 per $100 of assessed valuation, up from the previous year’s tax rate of $3.1485 per $100.

Of the district’s funding, 91.6 percent came from local sources, 6.7 percent came from state sources and 1.7 percent came from federal sources. For the previous year, 92.7 percent came from local sources, 6 percent came from state sources and 1.3 percent came from federal sources.

• Mehlville — For the 2008-2009 school year, the district’s adjusted tax rate was reported as $3.63 per $100 of assessed valuation, up from the previous year’s tax rate of $3.2731 per $100.

Of the district’s funding, 81.7 percent came from local sources, 14.8 percent came from state sources and 3.6 came from federal sources. For the previous year, 83.4 percent came from local sources, 13.5 percent from state sources and 3.1 percent from federal sources.

ACT scores

• Lindbergh — During the 2008-2009 school year, 371 graduates — 79.3 percent — took the ACT, posting a composite score of 23.7. The previous year, 382 graduates — 77.3 percent — took the ACT, posting a composite score of 23.5.

Statewide, 38,891 graduates — 70 percent — took the ACT, posting a composite score of 21.6. The previous year, 39,011 graduates — 70 percent — took the ACT, posting a composite score of 21.6 percent.

• Mehlville — During the 2008-2009 school year, 544 graduates — 63.7 percent — took the ACT, posting a composite score of 22. The previous year, 678 graduates — 68.7 percent — took the ACT, posting a composite score of 21.5.

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

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