By Leisa Zigman I-Team Reporter
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Rick Sullivan, president of the Special Administrative Board for St. Louis Schools pushed back against criticism and public perception regarding test scores and student achievement.
This summer, abysmal test results showed the district had the second lowest scores in the state. Sullivan talked about 18 failing schools and its 6,000 students that can't read at grade level.
But he also wants the region to know about the 40 schools that under the new testing system, would be accredited.
Here is a list of the failing schools and the others doing well in the district.
Superintendent Zone Schools (Dr. Adams personally oversees these schools beginning this year)
Oak Hill Elementary
Accredited with Distinction Schools:
Bryan Hill Elementary School
Buder Elementary School
Kennard Classical Junior Academy
Mallinckrodt Academy of Gifted Instruction
Metro High School
McKinley High School
Wilkinson Early Childhood Center
Fully Accredited Schools:
Busch Middle School of Character
Carnahan High School of the Future
Cleveland NJROTC High School
Clyde C. Miller High School
Cote Brilliante Elementary School
Gateway Michael Elementary School
Gateway Math & Science Elementary School
Gateway STEM High School
Lexington Elementary School
Madison College Prep High School
Mason School of Academic & Cultural Literacy Elementary School
Shenandoah Elementary School
Stix Early Childhood Center
Provisionally Accredited Schools:
Central VPA High School
Nottingham CAJT High School
Compton Drew Middle School
Dewey International Studies Elementary School
Dunbar Elementary School
Farragut Elementary School
Ford Elementary School
Froebel Elementary School
Gateway Middle School
Hickey Elementary School
Mann Elementary School
Meramec Elementary School
Nance Elementary School
Shaw VPA Elementary School
Sigel Elementary School
Soldan International Studies High School
Woerner Elementary School
Woodward Elementary School
There are 27,000 students in the district and Sullivan admits, too many of them are being promoted to the next grade level even though they can't read.
He said Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams will announce a new targeted program that will help those 6,000 failing students in new ways. He says the announcement about those plans are still a few weeks away but, "I think there will be some pretty significant changes in the way we educate young people. It's too early to talk about."
Sullivan added, "It needs the support of many folks, certainly the teachers, the principals, but I think he (Superintendent Adams) has terrific ideas that will allow us to really impact those 6000 students that are so woefully behind."
While the new plan isn't a silver bullet, Sullivan says he expects results.
During our interview we also asked the board president about dozens of teachers resigning on the first day of school and why he thinks full accreditation for the district may be years away.
Click the video player to the left of this story to watch the complete raw interview.