SJSD Receives Report Card, Drops in Overall Score

Published 08/29 2014 01:51PM

Updated 09/02 2014 07:59AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Board Administrators from the St. Joseph School District said they are pleased with this year's Annual Performance Report (APR) even though their grade dropped a little from last year.

Districts in the state of Missouri are graded on five different categories: Academic Achievement, Subgroup Achievement, College and Career Ready, Attendance and Graduation rate.

Academic Achievement is one of the most important categories. Within it is math, language arts, science and social studies.

This year, the St. Joseph School District remained steady in math, increased in science and social studies, but dropped in English by 2.6 percent from last year.

That decrease caused their overall score to drop from 90 percent in 2013, to 84.3 percent.

Administration says they are looking into what the issue may be and say they will make any curriculum adjustments immediately.

"The work we need to do, is to figure out what does it look like on our end? What are the changes that took place in St. Joseph, what are the changes that need to happen. And so, we want to spend time, what is it that the state department did, what changes did they make, and take that into account as we begin to develop a plan to how will we react to the score," said Brian Shindorf, SJSD Director of Elementary Education.

The district also received ACT scores, where they they saw a slight increase in the composite score from 20.6 in 2013, to 21.3 in 2014.

A high point in the report included a jump in attendance and graduation rate.

Attendance increased 2.5 percent, compared to a decline in the past two years. Also, the district received 30 out of 30 points for its graduation rate.

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