Some of North Side's greatest successes have to do with advancing the attitudes, behaviors, and habits of our scholars. The scope of these sometimes transformative shifts isn't always reflected in test scores. An average test score can be outstanding when viewed in the context of a child's past scores or life experiences.
At North Side, it's about doing your personal best. The school faculty and staff hold themselves to this same standard. As our culture has developed, a pattern of outstanding measurable results has emerged.
North Side scholars outperform their peers year after year on Missouri's annual standardized testing, known as MAP testing. Our MAP results are one strong piece of evidence illustrating that scholars are learning above and beyond expectations at North Side.
"The trend is clear. North Side scholars regularly outperform their peers at St. Louis Public Schools and the other charter schools. This is our kids who come from the neighborhood here, arguably the lowest-income, highest violent crime area in the region.
What's even more astounding is that when we compare North Side's students' most recent MAP scores to those of their peers at the most academically successful public school districts in the wealthiest areas of St. Louis County, we see our North Side scholars scoring roughly the same or higher," said North Side CEO Chester Asher.
The charts below offer visual proof of the outstanding performance of North Side scholars in 2018 compared to nearby public schools (top chart) and their peers* at elementary schools in St. Louis County's wealthiest, top-performing district (middle), and other top-performing charter schools in St. Louis (bottom).
*The Super Subgroup consists of all students classified in any of the following categories: Black, Hispanic, IEP, ELL, qualifies for free/reduced lunch
Of course, MAP testing is not the only tool North Side uses to measure a student's learning. We always look at a variety of indicators to improve students' educational experiences.
Annual Performance Report Results
North Side received a perfect rating from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education three of the last four years on our Annual Performance Report.
It is important to note that not a single other charter school in St. Louis received perfect consecutive scores during the same time-frame of 2015-18. Though starting in 2019, scoring was removed from these reports, we will continue to strive for excellence in all of our operations and make improvements to our operations based on the guidance and results in these reports.