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No. 44, No. 71

September 13, 2010

State Gives Early Look at School Performance

State education officials have released preliminary Annual Performance Reports, or APRs, for Missouri school districts, providing the earliest look to date at how districts are meeting annual state standards for academic performance.

The reports are now available to the public on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website. The APR data are preliminary, say state education officials, and the reports will not be finalized until October.

Over the past decade, the annual reports normally were not released until December when the data was final and half the school year had already passed. The department is hoping the early release will help educators and parents see how well their school districts are doing and which areas may need more attention to improve.

“By making this information available sooner, we can focus improvement efforts with Missouri school districts that continue to aspire to higher levels of performance,” said Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro.

The APR is part of the Missouri School Improvement Program, or MSIP, which began 20 years ago and is the foundation of the state’s accreditation process for schools. It provides a practical tool for boards of education, school administrators and staff to identify strengths and needs in their school districts and to focus their efforts on improving instruction.

The 14 standards cover measures such as test scores (ACT, state-required MAP and new end-of-course tests), attendance, graduation rates and other academic indicators. The new reports provide five years of statistics, including data from the past school year (2009-10).

To be fully accredited, a K-12 school district must meet at least nine of the 14 accreditation standards for academic performance and at least six to be provisionally accredited. A district that meets five or fewer standards may be classified as unaccredited by the State Board of Education.

A K-8 district, without high school grade levels, must meet at least five of seven standards to be fully accredited.

Currently, 511 of Missouri’s 522 school districts are fully accredited. Nine districts are provisionally accredited and two are unaccredited.

In most cases, the State Board of Education formally evaluates school districts once every five years, and the district’s accreditation classification remains intact until the board determines otherwise. The APR is significant because it provides an annual indicator of trends in a school district and enables state and local school officials to take steps to assist a struggling district.

To view the preliminary APRs, visit dese.mo.gov.

Preliminary 2010 APR summary (K-12)
 
Preliminary 2010 APR summary (K-8)
Total number of performance standards met
Number of school districts
Total number of performance standards met
Number of school districts
14
218
7
50
13
92
6
15
12
50
5
5
11
35
4
4
10
19
9
13
8
6
7
4
6
3
5
4
4
3

*No APR generated for Pemiscot Co. Special School District

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