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Ritenour Remains Fully Accredited by the State of Missouri

February 1, 2019

Dear Ritenour Community,

Our district received the 2018 annual performance report (APR) from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Using information from the 2017-2018 school year, Ritenour’s score increased over last year, earning 88.3 percent of the total possible points under the state’s scoring system, called the Missouri School Improvement Plan – fifth cycle (MSIP 5).  This score means that Ritenour remains fully accredited. Last year, our district earned 77.9 percent of the total possible points. 

The state evaluates schools and districts annually in their performance in five standards: Academic Achievement, Subgroup Achievement, College and Career Readiness, Attendance and Graduation Rate.   

This year’s APR data reflected a heavier focus on non-academic factors such as college and career readiness, attendance, and graduation rates.  Due to changes in learning standards, completely new assessments in English language arts and math were administered to our students last year; therefore, it is important to note that the results are not comparable with results from previous tests in those subjects. In fact, there have been four different tests in the past five years.  Moving forward, the state has worked to develop consistent assessments that can be compared year-by-year.   The new standards will be even more challenging in the future - they were developed with a goal of setting higher expectations for students. 

In Ritenour, we remain focused on our three strategic goals:

  1. Improve academic performance for every student
  2. Ensure 100 percent of students graduate prepared for college, career or the military
  3. Meet the state’s 90/90 student attendance standard, meaning that 90 percent of our students attend school 90 percent of the time in each of our schools.

We are proud of the efforts of our students, staff, parents and community members who have been working hard to ensure that Ritenour remains a strong school district. While we celebrate our successes, we also realize that we still have much work to do.  We look forward to our continued partnership with students, parents, staff and members of our community to keep Ritenour a thriving place where children can reach their potential and become our future leaders.

Being fully accredited is significant for our students, families and our entire community.  Thank you for your commitment to the students of the Ritenour School District. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Chris Kilbride
Superintendent