December 1, 2005

DESE Gives SCR-I School District Good Grades On Annual Report Card

Students are not the only ones receiving report cards at Missouri schools. Annually the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) issues report cards for all schools in the state. The report card releases information on enrollment, attendance, graduation rate, dropout rate, follow-up statistics and more.

“Once again Scotland Co. R-1 performed better than the state average in most all categories,” stated Superintendent Dave Shalley.

The attendance rate at SCR-1 was 95.5 percent as compared to the state average of 94 percent. Scotland County graduates students at the rate of 89.3% where as the state rate is 85.7%.

Local students performed above the state average levels for advanced and proficient scores on the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) testing in five of 12 categories.

The strong performance appears to be quite a bargain. District residents paid an adjusted tax rate of $3.36 compared to a state average of $3.80. The district budget is comprised of more than 40 percent state funding and 15 percent federal funding, leaving local taxpayers footing just over 44 percent of the bill. Statewide, school district budgets on average consist of more than 55 percent local funding.

The district gets more bang for its buck, spending just $6,944.40 per pupil compared to the state average of $7,679.

Part of the savings can be found in payroll, where salaries fall below state levels. The average SCR-I teacher’s total salary is $32,374 compared to the state average of $40,676.

Roughly 38 percent of SCR-I graduates go on to a four-year college, which is basically the state average. Another 38-percent of graduates attend a two-year college program, well above the state average of 26 percent.

Each year schools are required to release the Annual Report Card detailing information about the district. A recent change in legislation has relieved the school from the task of preparing the card and shifted the responsibility to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The complete report card may be found on the DESE web site or a copy may be picked up at the central office in the Elementary Building.

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