Once again, Affton School District has earned the highest level of accreditation in the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE)’s Annual Performance Report (APR). Earning 96.8% again in 2016 maintains the progress achieved by our students, teachers and schools over the past four years.
The APR represents a report card on the academic health of Missouri school districts, and our score provides a practical tool for the Board of Education, administrators, and teachers to identify strengths and needs in the district. It’s the accountability system used in Missouri to satisfy federal and state requirements. The APR is comprised of scores for each of the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP 5) Performance Standards: 1) Academic Achievement, 2) Subgroup Achievement, 3) College and Career Readiness, 4) Attendance Rate, and 5) Graduation Rate.
“We are proud of the progress we have gained in our APR over the past four years. Since the revised accreditation system known as MSIP 5 was introduced in 2013, Affton has achieved at the highest level based on the percent of points earned on our APR,” said Dr. Steve Brotherton, superintendent. “However, we also recognize that the success of our students should be based on more than standardized tests or scores. In fact, the district’s newly-authorized Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) calls for us to find new ways to know that our students are succeeding inside and outside of the classroom without relying on standardized test scores.”
2016 MSIP 5 Performance: Affton School District
|MSIP 5 Standards||Possible Points||Points Earned||Percent Earned|
|College and Career Readiness||30||30||100%|
What does the report note as strengths in Affton Schools?
For the second consecutive year, the district has earned 100% of the points available for college and career readiness, which measures how well students achieve on advanced placement courses and exams, ACT scores, dual credit courses, and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses and exams.
Affton School District has two nationally certified PLTW programs, Engineering and Biomedical Sciences, and was one of the first districts in the state to offer all students from kindergarten through high school access to a nationally recognized STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) curriculum. We also continue to increase AP and ACT student participation.
Additionally, the district continues to earn 100% of the points available for our academic achievement and graduation rate. Affton teachers and staff have worked diligently over the past few years to rewrite and revise curriculum, as well as to integrate technology in our classrooms. There has also been significant improvements to overall instructional programming to help ensure the individual success of each student.
What areas need improvement?
In Affton, we recognize that student achievement is enhanced through good attendance. Although the district continues to make progress in the area of attendance, there is room for improvement, especially at the middle school and high school. The MSIP 5 attendance goal for each district is to have 90 percent of the students attend school at least 90 percent of the time. In grades K-5, the district has consistently met this goal, however, that is not the case in grades 6-12.
In addition, our focus continues to be on ensuring that every student is making progress and reaching higher levels of achievement. Although we received the same number of points available in the area of subgroup achievement as last year, we will continue to work to improve the performance for these specific subgroups of students identified by the state education department. We will review the APR data, along with the many other types of classroom, state and national assessments, to guide us in increasing student performance at all levels for all students.
“We wholeheartedly believe in our mission to prepare all of our students to become capable and confident citizens when they leave our schools, and ensuring they have the skills and tools necessary to succeed in life,” noted Dr. Brotherton. “While we will celebrate our successes across the district, we are studying areas of improvement in order to better focus on what will help us continue to provide opportunities for all students.”