District Achieves 96.8%

District Achieves 96.8%

    It just doesn’t get much better than this:  96.8% on the Annual Performance Report.
    For the 2014-15 School Year, Waynesville R-VI School District received 96.8% of the total points possible with gains in college and career readiness, attendance, graduation rate and individual student performance growth. The data from the tests was released on Friday, Oct. 23.
    “This is fantastic news for our district,” says Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent. “We are on track for student success and for our 2020 targets.”
    Students are administered MAP and EOC tests each spring. Based on its student scores, a district receives a percentage of points in the state’s MSIP 5 accountability requirements, which include specific learning growth targets for students in these areas:
    Academic Achievement:  100%
    Subgroup Achievement:  85.7%
    College and Career Ready: 91.7%
    Attendance: 100%
    Graduation Rate: 100%
    “Based on our growth targets, our focus this year will be subgroup achievement,” Henry says. “Teachers are trying different learning strategies and differentiated instruction with members of our subgroups to determine which are most effective. We are using very specific data on individual students to promote individual success. This is labor-intensive, very focused work and our teachers are working harder than ever to meet our mission of ‘educating individual students for 21st Century challenges.’”
    The subgroup includes special education, low-income, minority groups and English Language Learners.
    The Waynesville R-VI School District received all of the points possible in all four academic areas:  English language arts, math, social studies and science – based on individual students moving closer to the 2020 targets. New tests were administered in spring 2015 and state statute includes a “safe harbor” provision that allows a school district to use the previous year’s data (if it is better) in the determination of the APR score.
    “Because this was a new test, we had the option of reaching back and using last year’s scores, but we didn’t need to in any of our areas,” says Dr. Trish Adkins, assistant superintendent of instructional services. “Our students adapted very quickly to the new test and to taking it all online and we received progress points and growth points in each category.”
    Waynesville’s 4-year graduation rate has increased to 90.8%. The state’s graduation rate is 87.8% and the national graduation rate is 81.4%.
    “Our community should be proud of our overall student achievement,” Henry says. “Our APR scores are among the best in the state.”
    Students will take the 2015-16 tests in late April and early May this year with results being available in the fall 2016.

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