School Notes

By Darin Powell- Superintendent Bowling Green Schools

With a new school year brings a new evaluation tool from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to judge the effectiveness of school districts.  This is a baseline year for the Bowling Green R-I School District, which means this is the first time our district has been evaluated using the new Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP) 5 standards.   In this article, I will give you a brief overview of the MSIP 5 Annual Performance Review (APR) process and how we will use this evaluation to guide our direction in school improvement over the next few years.

Districts can be ranked through the DESE MSIP 5 in four categories.  The four levels of accreditation are as follows:

• Accredited With Distinction

– Equal to or greater than 90percent of the points possible on the APR and meets other criteria yet to be determined by the State Board of Education.

• Accredited

– Equal to or greater than 70percent of the points possible on the APR

• Provisional

– Equal to or greater than 50percent to 69.9percent of the points possible on the APR.

• Unaccredited

– Less than 50percent of the points possible on the APR.

The district is evaluated in the following areas for MSIP 5:

1. Academic Achievement

a. Performance on standardized tests such as the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) in grades 3-8 and End of Course (EOC) Exams in grades 9-12.

b. Areas of English – Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies.

2. Super Subgroup Achievement

a. Performance on standardized tests such as the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) in grades 3-8 and End of Course (EOC) Exams in grades 9-12.

b. Areas of English – Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies.

c. The “super subgroup” is defined by DESE as students that fall in one or more of these five categories:  Black, Hispanic, LEP/ELL, Free/Reduced Lunch, and IEP students.

3. College and Career Readiness (CCR)

a. MSIP 5 APR is designed to measure the school district’s ability to provide adequate post-secondary preparation for all students.  There are six CCR standards the district measured on:

1. CCR 1

a. The percent of graduates who scored at or above the state standard on any department approved measure(s) of college and career readiness, for example, the ACT®, SAT®, COMPASS® or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), meets or exceeds the state standard or demonstrates required improvement.

2. CCR 2

a. The district’s average composite score(s) on any department-approved measure(s) of college and career readiness, for example, the ACT®, SAT®, COMPASS®, or ASVAB, meet(s) or exceed(s) the state standard or demonstrate(s) required improvement.

3. CCR 3

a. The percent of graduates who participated in any department-approved measure(s) of college and career readiness, for example, the ACT®, SAT®, COMPASS®, or ASVAB, meets or exceeds the state standard or demonstrates required improvement.

4. CCR 4

a. The percent of graduates who earned a qualifying score on an Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or Technical Skills Attainment (TSA) assessments and/or receive college credit through early college, dual enrollment, or approved dual credit courses meets or exceeds the state standard or demonstrates required improvement.

5. CCR 5

a. The percent of graduates who attend post-secondary education/training or are in the military within six (6) months of graduating meets the state standard or demonstrates required improvement.

6. CCR 6

a. The percent of graduates who complete career education programs approved by the department and are placed in occupations directly related to their training, continue their education, or are in the military within six (6) months of graduating meets the state standard or demonstrates required improvement.

4. Attendance 

a. Proportionally Calculated

b. The percent of students who maintain 90percent attendance during the school year.

c. The MSIP 5 goal is for at least 90percent of the students to maintain 90percent attendance or higher.

5. Graduation Rate

Based on these five standards, the Bowling Green School District received the following scores:

Academic Achievement (56 possible points), 45 earned – 80.4 percent;

Subgroup Achievement (14 possible points), 8 earned – 57.1 percent;

College and Career Ready (30 possible points), 22 earned – 73 percent;

Attendance (10 possible points), 7.5 earned – 75 percent;

Graduation Rate (30 possible points), 22.5 earned – 75 percent;

Total MSIP 5 Score (140 possible points), 105 earned – 75 percent.

The Bowling Green R-I School District was accredited by DESE with an overall score of 75 percent for the 13-14 school year.  We know that this is a very confusing process to understand.  We also know that we have areas that we must and will improve on during the 2013-2014 school year.  Each building has developed a professional development plan that is geared toward helping us improve in each of these five areas that are measured in MSIP 5 as well as other areas that will improve the quality of student learning in our district.  Please call me at 324-5441 if you have any questions or concerns about our MSIP 5 APR results!

 


Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 2:47 pm