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 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. Our MAP results are proof that our students are succeeding 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 students scoring the same or higher," said North Side CEO Chester Asher.
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 a perfect score for even one year during the same time-frame of 2015-18. We will continue to strive for excellence in all of our operations.