Affton Earns 96.8% on 2018 APR

Affton Earns 96.8% on 2018 APR
Posted on 02/04/2019
Affton Earns 96.8% on 2018 APROnce 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 2018 maintains the progress achieved by our students, teachers, and schools.

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 wholeheartedly believe in our mission to prepare all of our students to become confident and capable citizens. Demonstrating excellence in accreditation is just one measure to help ensure our students have the skills and tools necessary to succeed once they leave our schools,” said Dr. Travis Bracht, superintendent. “However, we also recognize that the success of our students should be based on more than standardized tests or scores.” 

This school year, Affton is the first school district in the state to measure social-emotional learning (SEL) competency with our students, focusing on the areas of self-efficacy, grit, growth mindset, social awareness, and self-management. SEL is an important part of a well-rounded education. Research shows that SEL is an important lever for boosting academic achievement. Positive social-emotional skills are correlated with improved attendance and reduced disciplinary incidents.

Noted Dr. Bracht, “We will continue to focus our efforts to help ensure each of our students is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.”
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