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
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%
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
“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.