Ritenour Remains Fully Accredited on the State Annual Performance Report
October 17, 2019
Dear Ritenour Community,
Our district received the 2019 annual performance report (APR) from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Using information from the 2018-2019 school year, Ritenour remains fully accredited. This is the expectation of the community and remains our commitment.
The state of Missouri evaluates schools and districts annually in their performance in five standards: Academic Achievement, Subgroup Achievement, College and Career Readiness, Attendance and Graduation Rate.
In the past, the state APR measured a school district’s performance with a system based on percentage of points earned. For example, last year our district received 88.3 percent of the total points possible on the five standards. This year, the APR reports look different. No longer does the state report a percentage of points earned, but rather the data is now focused on student growth instead of a simple percentage score. This year’s report looks similar to a standards-based report card we use at the elementary school level. The report supports our work to target opportunities while recognizing strengths.
So, how did we do? Like many of our students, we had some areas of success and areas that give us opportunity for improvement. We saw gains in our subgroup academic achievement in English language arts (ELA) and math, as well as post-secondary placement for our students following graduation from Ritenour High School. The report shows we have ample opportunity to improve in our attendance rate at the middle and high school levels, our high school graduation rate and for overall academic achievement for all of our students in ELA and math.
The new APR reporting system has three important advantages over previous reports:
- It gives us a way to focus directly on how students are doing against a standard
- It gives performance measures in columns for growth (indicating if individual students are making achievement gains over time), status (indicating if all students are achieving at high levels at this point in time) and progress (showing if our district is making improvements over the prior year).
- It allows our district to celebrate particular areas of strength while recognizing areas for improvement.
We are reminded that the work we do is about the children we serve. 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.
Being fully accredited is significant for our students, families and our entire community. For more information about our APR, feel free to contact me or visit the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website at www.dese.mo.gov. Thank you for your continued commitment to the students of the Ritenour School District.
Dr. Chris Kilbride