St. Louis schools are nearing accreditation, superintendent tells state board
JEFFERSON CITY • St. Louis Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams showed the Missouri Board of Education data Tuesday indicating the city’s school system is just a few students shy of receiving the academic point needed to regain accreditation.
If scores of just 13 students had been different on the reading section of the Missouri Assessment Program, he said, the district would meet the state’s requirements to be provisionally accredited.
Adams showed the board Tuesday that improvements have been made in the graduation rate, attendance, district finances and student achievement. The number of schools meeting federal goals set by No Child Left Behind has grown to 16, from 12, he told them. The percentage of students passing the reading and math sections of the Missouri Achievement Program has grown at a faster rate than the state.
Translation: We faked up a bunch of improvements, but we just needed to fake it a teensy weensy more to get accredited.
Even if they do get their accreditation back, so what? Other than a few select schools in the system, do you still want to send your kids there?
And why all this hoopla about accreditation anyway? AFAIC, it all comes down to the quality of the students. Everything else might as well be as superficial as the arrangement of the deck chairs on a sinking ship.