Middle School News
MRH Earns 98.2% APR Score from MO Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education
Today, the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) released its report cards on the academic health of Missouri school districts with their Annual Performance Reports (APR). The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District received very high honors by receiving a score of 98.2% for 2015. This marks a 4.6% increase from the 2014 score of 93.6%, and a 9.6% increase from two years ago.
This is the third year of scores released under the Missouri School Improvement Program 5 (MSIP 5), which promotes continuous improvement within each district. According to DESE, 68% of school districts earned 90% or more of the points on the APR (up from 53.7% in 2014).
“I am so proud of our team here at MRH. This new APR score reflects the very focused and intensive work our teachers and administrators have been engaged in to increase academic rigor, enhance curriculum, and continually improve classroom instruction,” said MRH Superintendent Karen I. Hall. “All these components come together to benefit our students and their academic achievement.”
A district’s APR score is created from a wide range of data based on results from academic achievement, state standardized tests (MAP scores), subgroup achievement, high school readiness (K-8), college and career readiness (K-12), attendance, and graduation rates. The APR score provides a practical tool for the Board of Education, administrators, and teachers to identify strengths and needs in the District.
“This score is not only an achievement for MRH, but a success for our entire community,” said Hall. “It is only with the support and resources from our community that allows us to maintain small classes, give our students personalized and differentiated instruction, and tools they need to grow both academically and personally.”
Under MSIP 5, a school district’s score on three consecutive APRs, along with other factors, is used to determine accreditation. Current MSIP 5 accreditation levels are:
- Accredited with Distinction: 90% + additional criteria as yet to be determined by the Missouri State Board of Education (to be awarded in the future)
- Fully Accredited: 70% - 100%
- Provisionally Accredited: 50% - 69.9%
- Unaccredited: 0% - 49.9%
“What this new APR clearly shows is that MRH provides its students a high-quality education – one that ranks among the very best in the State of Missouri. Through innovation, unique programming, and creative approaches with our diverse student population, we have shown that all students can succeed,” added Hall. “We will continue to build on this success, push further, and reach higher to help all children achieve even greater accomplishments.”
For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.