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St. Louis Public Schools Slip in Academic Report

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St. Louis Schools District Headquarters (KWMU photo)

By Kevin Lavery, KWMU

St. Louis – A preliminary state report on the St. Louis public schools shows the district lost significant ground in terms of academic performance over the last year. But the figures do not bring immediate consequences for the district.

In its annual performance review, the district received 41 performance standard points, down from 64 in 2003.

State education officials say though they're concerned about the drop, it has no bearing on the district's provisional accreditation status.

The report is not final, and the district is now revising its data.

Deputy superintendent Pamela Hughes expects figures such as the dropout rate to change.

"We expect to see an increase in the number of students that were in school, actually," Hughes said. "So, we know that that number needs to be corrected."

The final state report is expected early next week.

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