Missouri released its annual report cards on school districts and charter schools Wednesday, but issues with state standardized tests make it difficult to know exactly how well schools did and how their scores compare to previous years.
Data include 2017 Annual Performance Report and Missouri Assessment Program scores for school districts in the St. Louis area.
The Annual Performance Reports were calculated by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education using the “hold harmless” standards. APRs are displayed as a percentage of the possible points earned by each district. Each district’s possible points are determined based on age of the district and the number of students served.
MAP scores, available by clicking “get details,” are displayed as the percentage of students testing either proficient or advanced on each subject in 2017 in all grades.
To compare schools and school districts, and to get more information about your school’s scores from the 2016 school year, visit the Post-Dispatch school guide.
At issue is the state’s omission of scores on two required high school-level tests — algebra I and English II — from calculations of this year’s Annual Performance Reports. State education officials said there were errors in the tests, which were provided by a third-party vendor, Questar.
To make up for these issues and to be fair to schools, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education took the highest point totals for each district or charter school in the English and math categories for performance reports going back to 2014 and used them to calculate this year’s score, a process called “hold harmless.”
As a result, many public schools were saved from significantly lower scores.
Missouri’s Annual Performance Reports score school districts on measures such as academics, college and career readiness, student attendance and graduation rates. Wednesday’s reports are based on performance in the 2016-2017 school year.
MAP reading scores display the percentage of students testing either proficient or advanced on reading exams in 2015-2017 in all grades compared to the state average.
Districts need to earn at least 70 percent of points possible to be fully accredited. Districts that earn less than 50 percent risk losing…