ST. LOUIS , MISSOURI (KTVI )- The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released its 2013 Annual Performance Report Friday for school districts and for the first time, charter schools. This report is used by the state to determine accreditation. Districts receive points in certain areas: academic achievement, subgroup achievement, college and career or high school readiness, attendance and graduation in an annual performance report --more than half of Missouri school districts increased their scores.
Some local districts showed progress, while some declined. The Missouri state data shows the unaccredited Normandy School District in St. Louis County saw it's academic performance drop to the lowest in the state as the district saw hundreds of it's students transfer.
However the unaccredited Riverview Gardens District performance improved dramatically.
"Results always speak the loudest and what we have been talking about this last year is there has been conversation and a lot of talk around what we were going to do and what we wanted to do. My mission was to show what we can do with results, " said Riverview Gardens Superintendent Scott Spurgeon.
Normandy earned 7.1 percent of the points possible, a drop of 3.9 percentage points from last year. The also unaccredited Riverview Gardens district received a score of 45.4 percent, a 16.8 percentage point increase from last year's score. More than 97 percent of districts earned at least 70 percent of possible points. in all 56.6 percent of districts raised their APR scores in 2013 .
The annual performance reports show how well each school and school district is meeting Missouri’s education standards under the state’s accountability system, Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) 5. The reports are used to review and accredit Missouri’s school districts.
“Missouri set high expectations for districts ultimately to help children achieve at higher levels,” said Commissioner of Education Chris Nicastro. “We are pleased to see many districts are meeting and exceeding these high standards.”
However, Department staff cautions against using one year of data to show progress or decline. Under MSIP 5 a school district’s score on three consecutive APRs, along with other factors, is used to determine accreditation. Education officials believe a three-year period is needed to show long-term, sustained performance trends for districts. This is the second set of reports collected using MSIP 5.
Under MSIP 5, schools and school districts are awarded points based on performance in five areas:
- Academic achievement
- Subgroup achievement (includes minority students, students with limited proficiency in English, students with disabilities, students eligible for free and reduced-price lunches and students receiving special education services)
- College and career or high school readiness
- Attendance rate
- Graduation rate
MSIP 5 is designed to distinguish performance of schools and districts in a valid, accurate and meaningful way so that those in need of improvement can receive appropriate support and interventions, while high-performing districts can be recognized as models of excellence.
Preparing students for college and careers is one of the goals of the Top 10 by 20 initiative, which calls for Missouri to rank as one of the top 10 states for education by 2020.
The Normandy school district released a statement late Friday afternoon saying the 2014 APR scores for the former Normandy School District are disappointing. The District realize that last school year was stressful and very challenging for students and staff. This school year, as the new Normandy Schools Collaborative, we will focus on quality classroom instruction, leadership and the use of student data to make on-going decisions. It is critical that we reverse our academic trends and that our energy and purpose be laser-like on academic improvement. They are confident, with support from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, our parents and the Normandy community, that we will successfully “chart a new course for learning.”
The Department has issued the following news release and statement:
Districts Increase Annual Performance Report Scores
Statement on Normandy APR Score