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R-VI tops in region for APR, Van-Far excels

Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 7:00 am

Community R-VI received a regional top score of 99.5 percent in the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) results for their district Annual Performance Reports (APR).
“We are extremely pleased with our Annual Performance Report (APR) for the 2017-2018 school year,” said Community R-VI Superintendant Cheryl Mack.
“Our staff works tirelessly on developing quality curriculum that supports the standards outlined in the Missouri Learning Standards, they focus on looking at data on each of our students to assess strengths and weaknesses, and work to discover instructional methods that support learning at all grade levels. It is apparent that our students recognize the importance of education and take the Missouri Assessment Program(MAP) and the End-of-Course assessments (EOC) and their day to day learning seriously. Our parents and our community are supportive of the Community R-VI School District, which has a positive impact on the education in our school and our Board of Education embraces providing high quality learning experiences for all students. This partnership creates a strong and impactful learning environment.”
She went on to say, “As a team, we will continue to strive to improve teaching and learning at Community R-VI.”
Community R-VI Secondary Principal Bob Curtis said, “As a staff, Community R-VI has pushed the envelope in regards to getting students to school everyday, getting them to graduation regardless of the hurdles, and making student achievement a priority with high expectations from great teachers, support staff, and administration. To have an APR score of 99.5 percent is an awesome feat for our district and a direct reflection of the hard work of our students, teachers, and all the great support we receive from parents. It is a great time to be a Trojan!”
The Van-Far R-I School District also had some success with a 98.3 percent.
Van-Far Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter stated, “We are proud of the efforts and accomplishments of our staff and students and the academic leadership of Mrs. Pafford and Mr. Hummel. The APR illustrates to our supportive community that we continue to be a top quality school. We’ll continue to roll up our sleeves and work hard for our kids every day.”
More than 413,000 third-eighth grade students and an additional 175,000 high school students participated in the state’s testing program, leading to more than 1.05 million total assessments being administered to Missouri public and charter school students.
Due to changes in learning standards, completely new assessments in English, language arts, and math were administered in 2017-18; therefore, it is important to note that the 2017-18 results are not comparable with results from previous tests in those subjects. More than 2,500 Missouri teachers and other stakeholders crafted the Missouri Learning Standards that were adopted in spring 2016. The new standards were developed with a goal of setting higher expectations for students, which was reflected in a more challenging, teacher-developed set of state assessments.
A field test was given during the 2017-18 school year for science, so schools did not receive official MAP scores, nor was science reflected in calculations for the 2017-18 APR scores. New science assessments will be administered during the 2018-19 school year.
This year’s APR data reflected a slightly heavier focus on non-academic factors such as high school readiness (K-8 districts), college and career readiness (K-12 districts), attendance, and graduation rates. Schools continued to prepare students for success after graduation, with tangible results. Such as more students both participated in advanced placement courses and scored a three or better on AP exams, enrollment increased in dual enrollment and Project Lead the Way courses, and a greater number of students earned industry-recognized credentials.
More than 97 percent of Missouri districs and charter schools scored at least 70 percent of the possible points on their APR. For public school districts, this places them in the fully accredited range, while charter schools do not receive an accreditation classification under current guidelines.
All public school district and charter school MAP and APR data can be found by accessing DESE’s comprehensive data system portal here at https://apps.dese.mo.gov/MCDS/home.aspx. First-time users are encouraged to watch a brief tutorial to assist with recent updates to the portal design.