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Waynesville Achieves Record APR Score of 97.5%

Waynesville achieves record APR score of 97.5%

The Waynesville R-VI School District achieved a record 97.5% on the State of Missouri’s Annual Performance Report – the highest in the school’s history and the fourth consecutive year of measured academic growth for the district’s students.

“We are very, very proud of our students, teachers and administrators,” said Dr. LeRoy Fulmer, president of the Waynesville R-VI Board of Education.

Waynesville’s APR score has increased 15.4% over the past four years – from 82.1% in 2013 to 92.9% in 2014 to 96.8% in 2015 to 97.5% in 2016.

“As a board, we are extremely excited about the significant improvements that the district has achieved over the last few years and we know where the credit goes, it goes to our teachers and administrators for doing all the hard work it takes to prepare our students,” Fulmer said. “Scores don’t improve because you want them to improve; they improve because you work diligently every single day. These scores are indicative of a staff and of an administration that has a goal in mind and that goal is to have the best possible education for our students.”

Waynesville’s combination of a diverse, high military student population with outstanding scores has garnered national attention.

“Our recent gain is a reflection on the great staff we have in the Waynesville R-VI School District and the students we serve. In addition, this can’t be done without a supportive community,” said Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent. “Our success is truly defined by our mission of ‘educating individual students for 21st Century challenges.’ Our teachers have focused on taking individual students where they are and finding effective teaching strategies to get students where we want them to be. Our overall APR increases directly reflect the cumulative success of one student at a time making individual advances.” 

With further military reductions potentially looming on the horizon, the record APR score’s timing is ideal.

“Education is a top priority when the Army looks at where to put its resources,” Henry said. “With these scores and the upcoming building of a much-needed academic wing on our middle school, we will position our schools in the best possible light for any future rounds of BRAC (Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission).”

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:  82.1%

College and Career Ready: 96.7%

Attendance: 100%

Graduation Rate: 100%

The subgroup includes special education, low-income, minority groups and English Language Learners.

“Subgroup achievement will continue to be a focus this year with an emphasis on the district’s top teachers sharing best practices for effective teaching and differentiation strategies,” said Dr. Trish Adkins, assistant superintendent of instructional services. “We are also implementing more problem-based learning activities that engage students in a higher level of thinking to better prepare them for the real world.”

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.

“Our staff hears me say this all the time, but this is a great day to be a Tiger,” Henry said.  

Waynesville’s 4-year graduation rate has increased to 93.9%. The state’s graduation rate is 88% and the national graduation rate is 83.2%.

“The community is the real winner when a student graduates because it opens doors for a student to get a better paying job and to become a contributing member of society,” Henry said. “We could easily sit back and say a 94% graduation rate is good enough because it’s well above state and national standards, but instead we have opened an alternative school with a goal of helping even more students succeed.”   

“That’s what makes Waynesville Schools unique,” Henry said. “In the end, it’s about providing the opportunity for an individual who may just need a little more help to succeed, and we want to be able to do that.”