State APR grade shows growth at St. Louis College Prep

While school districts around the state are examining the recently released Missouri Annual Performance Report, St. Louis College Prep is pleased to announce that it’s scores show steady improvement during the 2015-16 school year.

The school received a 64 percent Annual Performance Report from the state, up from 60 percent during the 2014-15 school year, according to St. Louis Prep Executive Director Mike Malone.

Malone noted that while both scores are below the state’s 70 percent benchmark for high performing schools, the most recent report highlights several areas of strong growth for the school.

“The school’s MAP scores increased in two out of three subject areas, both for ELA and math,” said Malone.

Additionally, 100 percent of the school’s eighth grade Algebra students passed their EOC, an achievement that highlights how the school’s physical growth has resulted in slightly skewed rankings in the Annual Performance Report.

“If we had not added a high school last year, we would have gotten 10 out of 10 High School Readiness points and would have received a 79 percent APR score,” said Malone, noting that while the addition of the high school had resulted in a smaller increase in the overall score, doing so was still the right decision.  "We stand by our belief that starting a high school and creating more great options for St. Louis students was the best move for kids, even if it hurt the school's APR score last year."  

The school also received 10 out of 10 points for attendance.

Malone noted that since 2015-16 was the first year of operation for the high school portion of the school, the state did not award the high school an APR grade.

He said the recent grades from the state were both an example of how the growing school continues to succeed and a benchmark for the school to work towards during the current school year.

“Our school's academic goals this year include a 25 percent increase in Math and ELA MAP scores,” said Malone. “If we achieve these goals, we will meet and exceed the 70 percent benchmark set out by the state.”