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November 15, 2017

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MRH Enjoys 97.5% APR Score from MO. Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education

For the second year in a row, the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District has earned a high score on the Annual Performance Report from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

The MRH grade was 97.5% for 2016/2017, up from 96.1% in the prior academic year.

DESE’s APR index, released today, is Missouri’s report card for schools and is calculated using a point system tied to test scores, college and career readiness, attendance, graduation rates and other measures. DESE uses the APR to determine accreditation. Districts with 70-100% are fully accredited. The average APR statewide this year was 89.5 percent.

Boosting MRH’s score again this year was the district’s practice of administering the ACT test universally, and its increased offering of dual credit courses.  The average composite ACT score for 11th graders, with a 99% participation rate, was 19.1.

The APR is a critical measure of performance under the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP 5), which works to prepare every child for success. MSIP began in 1990 and entered its fifth version in 2013.

Key goals of the plan are:

  • To articulate the state's expectations for student achievement with the ultimate goal of all students graduating ready for success in college and careers;
  • To distinguish performance of schools and districts in accurate and meaningful ways so that districts in need of improvement can receive appropriate support and interventions, and high-performing districts can be recognized as models of excellence;
  • To empower all stakeholders through regular communication and transparent reporting results; and
  • To promote continuous improvement and innovation within each district.

Under MSIP 5 standards, MRH scored a perfect 100% in the categories of academic achievement, attendance and graduation rate, 92.9% in subgroup achievement (minority students, those who qualify for free or reduced price meals, and those enrolled in special education courses), and 91.7% in college and career readiness.  

Earlier this year, DESE announced it would not publicly release the English Two or Algebra One scores this year.  The agency blamed the testing vendor for not producing usable results. It’s believed that excluding those two exams had a minimal impact, at most 2% on district-wide scores.

Missouri Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven suggests that parents consider more than just a district’s overall APR score. She says it’s important to also look at whether a district is making progress in its proficiency rates and college and career readiness.

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.