St. Louis Public Schools

St. Louis Public Schools

The district is focused on implementing common instructional blocks for Math and ELA and providing academic intervention for students who need it.

State: Missouri Number of Students: 24,496
School Type: Public School District Free and Reduced Lunch: 88.3%
Grade Level: PK-12 English Language Learners: 92.4%

School Context

Road to Success: St. Louis remains “provisionally accredited” by the state of Missouri but their goal is to be fully accreditedas soon as possible. In 2014, the district earned an overall score of 43% (60 out of 140 points) which is an improvement fromthe year before. The district’s plan (SLPS Transition Plan) includes grouping schools by performance level and scaffolding thelevel of intervention accordingly.

Data & Achievement: The district is focused on implementing common instructional blocks for Math and ELA andproviding academic intervention for students who need it. In addition, it is promoting data-driven instruction (including datateams with protocols for looking at data) and student progress monitoring throughout the year.

Building Capacity: The district is focused on improving the rigor and standard alignment of instruction in classrooms.They’re using classroom coaching and walkthroughs to support teachers with feedback. In addition, they have mentorprograms and professional learning opportunities, including a 10-month principal certification program.

Pre-Kindergarten: The district provides free, full-day pre kindergarten for three and four year olds living in the city of St.Louis. The district plans to provide classroom coaching for all Pre-K teachers to ensure that these students are prepared forKindergarten.

State of Technology

Model Classrooms: Several St. Louis classrooms were chosen as eMINTSclassrooms (i.e. “enhancing Missouri’s Instructional Networked TeachingStrategies”). The teachers in these rooms receive professional developmenton educational technology and inquiry-based learning, and utilize technologyincluding SMARTBoards, projectors, printers, and digital cameras.

Infrastructure: The IT department has prioritized updating phone service,internet access, internet connectivity and cabling in 2014. Some of this work hasbeen started but more is needed for it to be complete.

iPads: The district piloted a 1:1 rollout of iPads in third and fourth gradeclassrooms in 2013, thanks to a $1 million three year fund. So far the district hasrolled out about 4,000 iPads in about 98 third grade classrooms and 136 fourthgrade classrooms. The district is supporting teachers with ongoing professionaldevelopment and access to district approved applications. The goal is that iPadsare integrated into 80% of the learning experience.

Bio-Science High: Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience Magnet High Schoolopened in August 2013 with 9th grade; in August 2014 it will expand to 10th grade.Students engage in a rigorous curriculum focused around healthcare and medicalresearch, participate in internships and complete 100 community service hours.

Tech Needs & Requirements

Technology tools must operate on multiple operating systems or be cloudbased.

*Content From 2015

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