SLPS moving in right direction

ST. LOUIS - The latest progress report is out for the St. Louis Public School District, and it shows the district's grade is improving, but it's still not good.

At a news conference Thursday, city and district leaders presented the changes the district has gone through over the past five years. The nonprofit agency, IFF, did an extensive study comparing enrollment and performance from 2008 to 2013.

The good news is, the number of students with access to a performing school has more than doubled since 2008. The bad news is, nearly 2/3rd of students still don't have access to a performing school. So, the plan is to continue making progress by closing schools that are failing, and opening new schools with higher standards.

The city also says quality leadership is the main factor in helping new schools succeed. The organization that did the study on the district has also suggested the school system focus on the city's six lowest performing neighborhoods, which are in northwest and southeast St. Louis.

"We are pleased we're moving in the right direction, but clearly understanding that we have a great deal of work to do because every single kid must have a high quality option for education," said Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams.

On Thursday, an interactive map went live so anyone can look at all of the numbers from this extensive study.


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