Accounted For

School Improvement Grants
5:13 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

East St. Louis Schools Will Look To Recent Past To Make Most Of Federal Dollars

East St. Louis School District 189 is gearing up to begin spending $10.5 million in federal to kick start academic performance at its two middle schools.
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As summer break winds down, East St. Louis School District 189 is gearing up to begin spending $10.5 million in federal money to kick start academic performance at its two middle schools.   

In the coming days the district will begin the hiring process for 20 new positions to focus on everything from professional development to community engagement. The grant will also pay for an extended school schedule.       

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Education
9:54 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Accounted For: In Cape Girardeau, Good Attendance Falls On The Parents

Rhonda Dunham is the principal at Franklin Elementary School in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Jacob McCleland KRCU

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 10:08 am

Rhonda Dunham eases her way through the halls at Franklin Elementary School in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Back in the day she was a student at Franklin.

Now she is the principal.

It’s quiet as Dunham strolls through the new, two-year-old facility. Very quiet. Most of the students are in their classrooms, studying away. Dunham slides up next to a pair of students who are taking a test in the hallway to see check their progress.

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Truancy Court
5:27 am
Thu May 22, 2014

St. Charles Launches Push To Get Students In Class

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Educators and politicians in St. Charles say they have a plan in place to reduce the number of chronically absent students in the city’s school district. 

Starting next year, the district will implement a truancy court, a program designed to get families the resources they need to keep students in school as often as possible.

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Commentary
9:46 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Keeping An Eye On Student Transfers

The Missouri House
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The Missouri legislative session’s finale played out this week with members in their usual swivet of last-minute activity and suspense. Watching the action in the closing days is like watching the cap dance at a Cardinals’ game — blink and you lose track of what’s going on.

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Chronic Absenteeism
9:33 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Accounted For: In Rural Missouri, Absenteeism Also A Problem

Linda Carter teaches Algebra II in South Pemiscot County High School in Steele, Mo.
Jacob McCleland

 

Principal Glenn Carter cracks open the door to an Algebra II class at South Pemiscot High School in rural Steele, Mo., where teacher Linda Crawford shuffles four reluctant students into different configurations. Students chuckle as Crawford gleefully moves her volunteers from place to place. One student, 11th grader Alli Jones, laughs and jots down a few careful notes with the rest of the class.

Last year, Jones probably wouldn’t have been here. She skipped school almost every week.

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Education
9:34 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Mining Data For Student Success

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More and more school districts in St. Louis and across the nation are looking through data for ways to improve student success. In addition, the latest state education standards, MSIP5, place a greater emphasis on tracking the progress of individual students.

Assistant Superintendent for Ferguson-Florissant Farhad Jadali monitors student data for his school district -- and more than 30 other school systems across the state.

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Education
10:47 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Accounted For: School Dental Clinic In House Springs Gets Students Smiling

Northwest Superintendent Paul Ziegler (left) and dentist Nathan Suter (right) stand in the dental clinic at Valley Middle School
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

This story is part five of Accounted For, an ongoing project of St. Louis Public Radio that explores the connection between chronic absenteeism -- defined as missing three and a half weeks or more of school -- and classroom success. One reason students miss school or do poorly in class is health.  For more on the academic effects of chronic absenteeism, watch the video at the bottom of the page.    

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Education
11:33 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Accounted For: Can School Clinics Improve Attendance?

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This story is part four of Accounted For, an ongoing project of St. Louis Public Radio that explores the connection between chronic absenteeism — defined as missing three and a half weeks or more of school — and classroom success. As educators in Missouri  shift their focus from big picture attendance data to individual students, they are looking at how school clinics can help keep kids in school. 

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Education
6:40 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Accounted For: ‘Where are you starting? Where are you going? How are you going to get there?’

Sixth grader Max Jones follows a lesson plan at Westview Middle School in Riverview Gardens.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

This story is part four of Accounted For, an ongoing project of St. Louis Public Radio that explores the connection between chronic absenteeism -- defined as missing three and a half weeks or more of school -- and classroom success.

Melissa Schut drew out a problem on the white board at the front of her sixth-grade math class.  

Like she often does, Schut started with three questions.

“Where are you starting?” Schut asked.  “Where are you going? How are you going to get there?”

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Education
11:43 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Accounted For: In Riverview Gardens, More Eyes On Empty Desks

Riverview Gardens Superintendent Scott Spurgeon. “It was probably the first and foremost message I came out with,” he says. “For your child to do better, we have to have them here at school.”
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

This story is the third part of Accounted For, an ongoing project of St. Louis Public Radio that explores the connection between chronic absenteeism — defined as missing three and a half weeks or more of school — and classroom success.

Riverview Gardens Superintendent Scott Spurgeon roamed the halls of Glasgow Elementary School.  On a recent morning the former minor league baseball player turned educator greets students like players entering a dugout.

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