The Rockwood School District earned a 92.9 percent overall score on the Annual Performance Report (APR) released by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) this week as part of MSIP 5. This score allows the district to remain on track to receive the highest level of accreditation possible from DESE.
“In Rockwood, we want all students to be successful,” says Rockwood Interim Superintendent Dr. Terry Adams. “We appreciate the information provided in the report as it identifies needed improvement areas. We will make every effort to improve our schools to ensure we help all students learn and grow.”
What are Annual Performance Reports (APRs)?
APRs are generated by the state for every public school and district and are used for district accreditation recommendations. The State also produces APRs for schools. In the past, districts were measured on 10-14 different standards, and the report communicated whether or not a district met or did not meet each standard. The new MSIP 5 outlines a completely new way of viewing performance by using only five standards and assigning point values to each standard. The five standards are 1) academic achievement, 2) subgroup achievement, 3) college and career readiness, 4) graduation rates and 5) attendance rates.
The maximum number of points that a K-12 district can earn is 140, and the APR is reported as a percentage of the total points earned by a district. Rockwood earned 130 points of the 140 points possible on the most recent APR.
What does the report note as strengths in Rockwood?
Rockwood ranked 6th overall of the 23 school districts located in St. Louis County on a combined MAP Performance Index. In addition, Rockwood ranked 16th overall of Missouri’s 560 reported districts on this same index. Student performance on state assessments meets or exceeds the state standard, and Rockwood continues to be a high-performing school district.
What areas need improvement?
An important area that Rockwood needs to improve is in the area of growth. Growth is defined in MSIP 5 as the change in achievement scores for individual students during the school year. In Rockwood, our focus continues to be on ensuring that every student is making progress and reaching higher levels of achievement. We will review the APR data, along with the many other types of classroom, state and national assessments, to ensure all students realize their potential.
How will Rockwood address this standard area?
Our district is thoroughly reviewing this information to determine what steps we need to take to improve. Two important initiatives that are making a difference in Rockwood schools include the following:
The Curriculum Management Plan provides a framework model that guides
the design, implementation and evaluation of district curricula, grades preK-12.
In Professional Learning Communities, teachers and administrators carefully
analyze student data and develop action plans to address those areas where
students are not making the progress we expect them to achieve.
What information is available to the Rockwood School Community?
DESE provides accountability reports that show status and performance measurements for school districts.
View the Rockwood profile.
For more information, contact Rockwood Communications at (636) 733.1144.