District Improves APR Score

The Reeds Spring R-IV School District earned a 93.6% on the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Annual Performance Report (APR). That is the state’s system for school and district accountability, a report card of sorts. This year’s score is better than last year’s, which was 91.8%. Reeds Spring earned the full district accreditation.

The Annual Performance Report is scored on five standards: academic achievement, attendance, college and career readiness, graduation rate, and subgroup achievement. Subgroup includes free and reduced lunch students, African-American and Hispanic students, English Language Learners, and students with disabilities.

Reeds Spring earned 55 out of 56 points possible for academic achievement. The district also scored a perfect 30 on graduation rate.

“We are encouraged by the points earned in the area of academic achievement,” said Janna Elfrink, director of instruction. “This is reflective of the deep learning connections traced back to the classroom where we continue to see high standards for student learning and achievement.”

The district’s lowest score was attendance. This is due in part to the large number of seasonal jobs in the area. Another factor was the large number of seniors that graduated early. Every building in the district has an attendance goal and strives to have all students in school daily.

It is important to mention that a school district should not be judged solely by an APR score. Many quality programs and activities that we offer are not measured by APR.

“We’re on the right track and we know that there is always work to do toward striving for excellence in student improvement,” Elfrink said.
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