State report cards help residents rate their local schools

Report cards provide data from 2009-’10 school year.

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 making the 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 2009-2010 school year.

This is the 15th consecutive year that the school accountability report cards, mandated by Senate Bill 380 — the Outstanding Schools Act — have been issued. This is the sixth 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 administrator 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 2009-2010 school year includes:

Enrollment

• Lindbergh — The overall district enrollment was reported at 5,685, up from the previous year’s enrollment of 5,643. The district reported an attendance rate of 96 percent, down from the previous year’s rate of 96.2.

The state’s attendance rate was 94.2 percent, down from the previous rate of 94.4 percent.

• Mehlville — The district reported an overall enrollment of 10,816, up from the previous year’s enrollment of 10,788. The district reported an attendance rate of 95 percent, down from the previous rate of 95.2 percent.

Graduation/dropout rates

• Lindbergh — The district posted a graduation rate of 95.9 percent, up from the previous year’s 94.1 percent.

Statewide, the graduation rate for the 2009-2010 school year was 85.7 percent, up from the previous year’s 85.2 percent.

Lindbergh’s dropout rate for the 2009-2010 school year was 1.6 percent compared to the previous year’s 1.5 percent.

Missouri’s dropout rate was 3.5 percent compared to the previous year’s 3.9 percent.

Of Lindbergh’s graduates, 44.7 percent went to a four-year college/university, down from the previous year’s 50.2 percent; 23.9 percent went to a two-year college, down from the previous year’s 33.6 percent; and 0.8 percent went to a technical institution, down from the previous year’s 2.4 percent.

Statewide, 36.4 percent of graduates went to a four-year college/university, down from the previous year’s 38.8 percent; 29.1 percent went to a two-year college, up from the previous year’s 26.8 percent; and 2.7 percent went to a technical institution, up from the previous year’s 2.6 percent.

• Mehlville — The district posted a graduation rate of 88.1 percent, down from the previous year’s 89.9 percent. The district’s dropout rate was 1.3 percent compared to the previous year’s rate of 1.9 percent.

Of Mehlville’s graduates, 39 percent went to a four-year college/university, down from 2008-2009’s rate of 44.8 percent; 36.5 percent went to a two-year college, up from 35.2 percent the previous year; and 2.5 percent went to a technical institution, down from 5.1 percent the previous year.

Staff ratios

• Lindbergh — The ratio of students to classroom teachers during the 2009-2010 school year was 18-to-1 compared to the previous year’s ratio of 17-to-1.

The reported ratio of students to administrators was 242-to-1 compared to the previous year’s ratio of 251-to-1.

In the state of Missouri, the ratio of students to classroom teachers was 17-to-1, unchanged from the previous year, and the ratio of students to administrators was 188-to-1 compared to the previous year’s ratio of 186-to-1.

• Mehlville — The district’s ratio of students to classroom teachers during the 2009-2010 school year was 18-to-1, unchanged from the previous year.

The reported ratio of students to administrators was 280-to-1 compared to the previous year’s ratio of 285-to-1.

Staff experience

• Lindbergh — For the 2009-2010 school year, professional staff had an average of 13 years of experience compared to the previous year’s 12.2 years.

Professional staff with advanced degrees totaled 79.6 percent compared to the previous year’s 77.1 percent.

Statewide, professional staff had an average of 12.4 years of experience compared to the previous year’s 12.2 years.

Professional staff with advanced degrees totaled 56 percent compared to the previous year’s 53.5 percent.

• Mehlville — For the 2009-2010 school year, professional staff had an average of 12.5 years of experience compared to the previous year’s 12.3 years. Professional staff with advanced degrees totaled 72.1 percent compared to the previous year’s 71.5 percent.

Salaries

• Lindbergh — For the 2009-2010 school year, the average regular-term teacher’s salary was $54,613, up from the previous year’s salary of $53,226. The average total salary was $55,787, up from the previous year’s salary of $54,345.

Statewide, the average regular-term teacher’s salary was $45,148, up from the previous year’s salary of $44,235. The average total salary was $46,950, up from the previous year’s salary of $46,072.

The average administrator’s salary in Lindbergh was $109,503, down from the previous year’s salary of $109,663.

Statewide, the average administrator’s salary was $83,293, up from the previous year’s salary of $82,272.

• Mehlville — For the 2009-2010 school year, the average regular-term teacher’s salary was $51,639, up from the previous year’s salary of $49,550. The average total salary was $52,724, up from the previous year’s salary of $50,910.

The average administrator’s salary was $101,763, up from the previous year’s salary of $100,643.

Per-pupil expenditures

• Lindbergh — The average per-pupil expenditure for the 2009-2010 school year totaled $9,651, down from the previous year’s $9,824.

Statewide, the average per-pupil expenditure totaled $9,751, up from the previous year’s $9,667.

• Mehlville — The average per-pupil expenditure for the 2009-2010 school year totaled $8,344, up from the previous year’s $7,819.

Finances

• Lindbergh — For the 2009-2010 school year, the district’s adjusted tax rate was reported as $3.13 per $100 of assessed valuation, down from the previous year’s tax rate of $3.1487 per $100.

Of the district’s funding, 91.2 percent came from local sources, 5.8 percent came from state sources and 3 percent came from federal sources. For the previous year, 91.6 percent came from local sources, 6.7 percent came from state sources and 1.7 percent came from federal sources.

• Mehlville — For the 2009-2010 school year, the district’s adjusted tax rate was reported as $3.4282 per $100 of assessed valuation, up from the previous year’s tax rate of $3.2804 per $100.

Of the district’s funding, 81.1 percent came from local sources, 12.7 percent came from state sources and 6.2 came from federal sources. For the previous year, 81.7 percent came from local sources, 14.8 percent came from state sources and 3.6 came from federal sources.

ACT scores

• Lindbergh — During the 2009-2010 school year, 77.7 percent of graduates took the ACT and posted a composite score of 23.7. The previous year, 77.9 percent of graduates took the ACT and posted a composite score of 23.7.

Statewide, 76 percent of graduates took the ACT and posted a composite score of 21.6. The previous year, 72 percent of graduates took the ACT and posted a composite score of 21.6 percent.

• Mehlville — During the 2009-2010 school year, 69 percent of graduates took the ACT and posted a composite score of 22.2. The previous year, 63.8 percent of graduates took the ACT and posted a composite score of 22.

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

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