November 18, 2004

SCR-I Schools Making the Grade

Students strive to get good grades on their tests, so it makes sense that the school itself makes every effort to perform well on tests of its own.

Scotland County R-I simply could not have done any better on its test, the Annual Performance Report (APR) conducted by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). SCR-I scored a perfect 100 on the review to become fully accredited for the 2004-05 school year.

Each district in the state annually receives an APR assessment to determine the school’s accreditation status.

The APR is based on twelve categories:

· MAP test score index for grades 3-5

· MAP index for grades 6-8

· MAP index for grades 9-11

· Reading scores for third graders

· Reading scores for seventh graders

· ACT scores

· Advanced courses offered by the school

· Vocational courses offered by the school

· College placement of the school’s students

· Vocational placement of the school’s students

· Student dropout rates

· School attendance

There are 100 points possible on the APR with the following scale determining the Accreditation: 66-100 = accredited, 46-65 = provisionally accredited, 0-45 = unaccredited.

The district also recently learned that it has met all standards of the federal “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) act.

In January 2002, President Bush signed the “The No Child Left Behind Act” (NCLB). It re-authorized the existing Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). NCLB made the most sweeping changes in federal law regarding public schools in nearly 40 years.

NCLB includes significant new accountability measures for all public schools. It is based on the ambitious goal that ALL children will be proficient in reading and math by 2014.

To achieve the goal of all children being “proficient” (as defined by each state) by 2014, all public schools and districts must make satisfactory improvement each year toward that goal. The improvement is measured by Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Based on criteria included in NCLB, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has established specific annual targets for AYP in communication arts and math.

Following are Missouri’s AYP goals for 2003 through 2005. These figures show the combined percentage of students who must score at the “proficient” or “advanced” levels on the MAP in order for a school or district to achieve AYP. These targets apply to all subgroups of students.

AYP targets in communication arts were 19.4 percent in 2003, 20.4 percent in 2004 and 38.8 percent by 2005. The AYP targets for math are 9.3 percent in 2003, 10.3 percent in 2004 and 31.1 percent by 2005.

Each school and district is assessed to determine if it has achieved AYP for all students in communication arts and math. In addition, each of the subgroups (Asian and Pacific Islander ; Black; Hispanic; American Indian; White; Free/Reduced lunch; IEP -Special education; LEP -Limited English proficiency; Other/Non-response) is required to meet AYP goals, unless there are 30 or fewer students in the subgroup. For the IEP and LEP subgroups, there must be 50 or fewer students in the group.

NCLB spells out an array of consequences for schools and districts that repeatedly fail to meet the AYP goals. Any school that fails to achieve AYP for two consecutive years in the same subject area will be identified by the state as “needing improvement.”

SCR-I is broken into four sub-groups, School total, White, Free/reduced lunch, and IEP in both the high school and North Elementary school buildings.

Scotland County schools have received their AYP for the 2004 school year and have been determined to have met the requirements in all subgroups in both buildings.

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