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Waynesville releases APR score

Waynesville releases APR score


The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released the statewide Annual Performance Reports (APRs) for the 2021-22 school year today (Tuesday, March 7, 2023) and Waynesville R-VI School District’s score of 84.2% is once again at the top of the Ozark Conference.


 “While we are pleased with our overall initial performance under this new accreditation system, there is always more work to do,” said Superintendent Hilary Bales. “This data helps us know where to focus our efforts to help meet the academic needs of our students.” 


Significant changes have been made to how public Missouri school districts are being evaluated, which puts schools on a continuum, rather than the traditional scoring of the past.


“The scores throughout Missouri look very different this year because the way they are calculated has changed,” said Superintendent Hilary Bales. “This year’s pilot data (which is based on the 2021-22 school year) cannot be compared to previous APRs. The APR is also just one of the many data points for our district.” 


APRs demonstrate the progress local education agencies (LEAs) and their individual buildings are making towards meeting the standards and indicators in the sixth version of the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP 6). MSIP is the state’s system for reviewing and accrediting/classifying districts. This year’s evaluation focuses on the preparation and well-being of each student at all levels. MSIP 6 emphasizes the importance of academic performance by holding public schools equally accountable for status and growth. 


“What this means is that traditionally high-performing school districts now must not only show that students are academically proficient or advanced, but also must show growth of their individual students,” Bales said. 


In addition, MSIP6 outlines expectations for school practices and student outcomes, with the goal of each student graduating ready for success in college, career, and life.


“Districts must closely track what their students are doing after graduation as part of this evaluation process,” Bales said. 


This is the pilot year for MSIP6 and accreditation/classification under MSIP 6 will begin in the 2023-24 school year.


“MSIP 6 is designed to distinguish the performance of schools and LEAs in meaningful ways to help identify areas in need of support and recognize models of excellence,” said Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven. “For the release of this pilot year data, we encourage stakeholders, including community partners and families, to focus less on the APR score and more on the underlying data to learn how they may better support student learning.”


Issued March 7, 2023