Académie Lafayette provides a high-quality, public education for more than 940 diverse K–8 children whose families live within the boundaries of the Kansas City Public School District. Student performance is measured by the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP), a test administered statewide to all public school students in grades 3 and above. Académie Lafayette is the highest performing charter school in Kansas City. In 2015, our test scores exceed the test scores for the state of Missouri by 21.8 points in English language arts (79.2% compared to 57.4%) and 23.8 percentage points in math (67.1% compared to 43.29%). Académie Lafayette students also exceeded performance by high-ranking suburban school districts including Lee’s Summit and Liberty. In 2015, Académie Lafayette ranked higher than 94.5% of elementary schools and 96.5% of middle schools in Missouri. This is even more significant because students are taught in French and tested in English.
Although the MAP test scores are representative of our school as a whole, by themselves they do not indicate how different groups within our student body perform. Our concern has been: how do students from low-income families perform on the MAP tests? Using data compiled from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website, we are pleased to report that since 2010, our students who qualified for free and reduced lunches have exceeded the MAP scores for their counterparts in the state of Missouri every year by an average of 15 points on the English language arts MAP tests and by an average of 17 points on the math portion of the MAP. In 2015 alone, Académie Lafayette students who qualified for free and reduced lunches exceeded their counterparts in Lee’s Summit and Liberty school districts by an average of 7 points in English language arts and 10 in math; we exceeded state averages by 14.87 points in English language arts and 7.37 in math.
More information can be found on the DESE website.
Our graduates are accepted at the best high schools in Kansas City and have gone on to excel at colleges and universities such as Harvard, American University, Dartmouth, St. Olaf, Xavier, state schools, and historically black colleges and universities around the country.
To learn more about this assessment, check out A Parent’s Guide to MAP.