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Measuring Growth Supports Future Success for All

March 9, 2022

Assessments are an important part of our district’s plan to ensure high levels of learning for all students, and preparation for college-level coursework and 21st century careers.

Student performance in high school is our best indicator of future success, and Lindbergh teachers collaborate across all levels beginning in early childhood to ensure that students are prepared and ready for their high school careers.

We are proud to be home to Lindbergh High School, which is consistently recognized as one of the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. LHS ranks in the top 2% in Missouri and in the top 5% nationwide, and performs in the 94th percentile based on weighted scores across six indicators of school quality. These indicators include college readiness, college curriculum, math and reading proficiency and performance, underserved student performance, and graduation rate.

Lindbergh High School By the Numbers

  • 96% graduation rate
  • 89.6% college-ready student performance
  • 49% of seniors took at least one AP exam
  • 85% of AP exam-takers scored 3 or higher
    • Nationwide, only 24.4% of public high school graduates in the class of 2020 scored 3 or higher on at least one exam
  • 97% percentile ranking based on overall performance on state-required tests
  • 71% proficient in mathematics (Missouri proficiency is 40%)
  • 75% proficient in reading (Missouri proficiency is 60%)

Source: U.S. News and World Report 2021 Best High Schools

In addition, Lindbergh’s graduating class of 2021 had the highest ACT composite score average since the class of 2011, with a composite score of 24.2, and nine current seniors have been named National Merit Finalists as part of the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Program.

How We Measure Student Success

Though tests may be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word assessment, there is a wide range of methods that educators use to evaluate each student’s academic abilities, social-emotional development and personal growth as an individual.

Lindbergh students participate in state, district and classroom level assessments, and Lindbergh’s Teaching and Learning department reviews overall assessment data publicly with the Board of Education each July.

Why We Assess Students

Like class assignments and report cards, assessments provide information to schools, teachers and families about student progress toward mastery of a grade level or course learning goals.

In addition to measuring individual student growth, all of these assessment tools play an important role in measuring collective student performance and growth as well. This gives our district valuable data we can use to make big-picture decisions about curriculum and instruction, and identify areas of strength and opportunities for growth.

Please visit the Assessment section of our website to learn more about the district's academic rankings and success measures since 2010.