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Waynesville achieves a 97.5% APR score

Waynesville achieves a 97.5% APR score

 

The Waynesville R-VI School District has achieved a 97.5% on the State of Missouri’s Annual Performance Report – tying the highest record set in 2016 and up slightly from last year’s score of 95.7%.  The state released the report today, Feb. 1, which represents 2018’s data.

“I want to congratulate our students and staff members who worked hard every single day to make this possible,” said Paul Shultz II, president of the Waynesville R-VI Board of Education. “Missouri standards are not easy, but every day our teachers are transforming students who say, ‘I can’t do it,’ to ones who say, ‘I did it!’”

The breakdown in APR scores, which are based on student MAP (Missouri Assessment Program) scores and other data, is as follows:

            Academic Achievement:  100%

               Subgroup Achievement:  95%

         College and Career Ready: 91.7%

                                 Attendance: 100%

                         Graduation Rate: 100%

“We’re especially pleased with the areas where we have made notable progress – the data shows that students who have been with us for the past five years are making academic gains and our subgroup performance is above state average,” said Dr. Trish Adkins, assistant superintendent of instructional services.  

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

“Tying our record score is good news; however, based on our strong performance, we are no longer eligible to receive ‘hold harmless’ points in the future. This means that next year is very important for our ongoing growth and there are no safety nets, if there was a year of poor performance. We are among the first group of schools to lose hold-harmless and all school will lose this opportunity after next year,” said Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent. “Starting this year, we will face an even greater challenge to achieve this level of success, so I want to temper expectations because we have an important year ahead of us and the military has high expectations for schools that educate soldiers’ kids. I’m happy about our APR score, but I also want to acknowledge that we have work to do.”

“Hold harmless” has served as a safety net for schools, allowing districts to use previous year’s scores when the current year’s scores are lower. It was allowed because Missouri has experienced four new tests in five years, due to changes in legislation and learning standards. Moving forward, year-over-year comparisons will be possible, and trends can be established.

“We did not use ‘hold harmless’ this year and scored enough points through student growth in achievement that we did not need it,” Adkins said.

Missouri teachers and other stakeholders developed the Missouri Learning Standards that were adopted in spring 2016. The new standards set a higher bar, which is reflected in more challenging, teacher-developed state assessments. In the long term, achievement is expected to increase.

APR scores help determine student performance across a district and are intended to evaluate the effectiveness of education programs, measure progress toward improvement goals, and summarize learning progress and achievement.  

Waynesville’s APR score from the past five years are as follows: 82.1% in 2013; 92.9% in 2014; 96.8% in 2015; 97.5% in 2016; 95.7% in 2017 and 97.5% in 2018.

 "Issued February 1, 2019"