Ladue Students Lead Area in Test Scoring: The Big Story of the Week

Ladue's students achieve 14 of 14 standards this past year.

The Ladue School students returned to the classroom this week, and the district got a very good report card to start the term.

Ladue was in a handful of local school districts to score at the top of the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) testing for its students.
Ladue, along with Brentwood and Kirkwood took top honors in math scores with the students scoring 77 percent on their tests. Lindbergh ranked third in the state in math and tops in the region with 84 percent of students scoring proficient or advanced scores.

Ladue topped all the area schools in Communications Arts results with 78.9 percent. That was followed by Lindbergh with 78.5 percent; Kirkwood 77.5 percent;Clayton 75.5 percent and Rockwood 74.69 percent.

Statewide, 55 percent of the students tested either proficient or advanced in communications an improvement from 54.6 percent last year. The passing rate in math edged up from 54.3 percent to 55 percent.

Susan Dielman, Ladue's communication director spoke on behalf of the district.

"We are very pleased with our results, and certainly ranking top in the state in Communications and third in the state in Math makes us very proud of our students, and the parents and educators who support them.

 However, we also recognize there is always room for improvement.  Clearly, we would like for every student to score either "Proficient" or "Advanced" and our goal will remain to put the programs and interventions in place that will allow for continuous improvement, particularly for our subgroups with lower test performance.

Each year, we look forward to seeing our results and utilizing them to help us determine what initiatives are working and where we need to seek better solutions.  This year is no exception."

Louis Leffingwell August 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM
How does LHS compare to the private high schools in the distrct? GIven the demographics wouldn't that be a better comp?
James Baer (Editor) August 18, 2012 at 11:52 AM
I don't believe the private schools would be releasing their test results. They don't even take MAP testing. That is for public school measurements only.
BMarshall August 18, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Private schools do not have special needs students like intellectually impaired children, autistic children, children with learning or physical disabilities. All of those children are taking the MAP test at a public school and are part of those figures you see. If you select out only those who would meet the admission criteria for a private school, then you would have a legitimate comparison if the private school gave its students the test
mjf August 18, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Congratulations to LSD for outstanding results on the MAP test, which were accomplished prior to the passage of Prop 1. I recall many proponents of the Prop 1 tax increase using Clayton as the bellwether regarding spending per student and suggested that without Prop 1 funds, LSD would "fall behind" Clayton. These MAP results prove that LSD can outperform Clayton with significantly less spending per student. Many supporters of Prop 1 thought that controlling spending would ensure mediocrity; the results of these MAP tests prove otherwise.
James Baer (Editor) August 18, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Ladue has always maintained the highest learning and testing stands for more than 60 years and will continue to do so long after all of us are gone.
CreveCoeurDad August 18, 2012 at 07:28 PM
One set of test results does nothing to prove your point - it's the long term trend that's important. Soldan used to be one of the top area high schools until the families with the top performing students all decided to move west, first to U City, then to Ladue School District. The point of Prop 1 was to make sure the decline never happened, because if it did, it's almost impossible to stop once it starts.
mjf August 19, 2012 at 03:29 AM
We're not just talking about one set of data. As Jim Baer stated below, the LSD has a 60 year history of great results, which will continue "long after all of us are gone". The situation with Soldan was caused by a demographic / population shift, not one caused by a decline in spending per student. In fact, Soldan STILL spends more than Ladue at $14,353 per student, compared to $13,000 that LSD spends per student. http://www.localschooldirectory.com/district-schools/115115/St.-Louis-City-School-District/MO http://www.ladueschools.net/district/content/our-district/district-overview.shtml So, CreveCoeurDad, how exactly does spending per student equate to success?


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