Report Shows Progress in Graduation Rate, Attendance at SPS

By KOLR10 News

Published 08/28 2014 03:03PM

Updated 08/29 2014 05:25PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Springfield Public Schools’ graduation and attendance rates are up this year, according to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

DESE recently released Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) data and Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) 5 Annual Performance Report results for public school districts and charter schools.

According to the Annual Performance Report (APR), Springfield Public Schools earned 85.4 percent of the maximum number of points possible.

The APR combines MAP scores with five performance standards: academic achievement, attendance, college and career readiness, graduation rate and subgroup achievement. The results show how districts are meeting state standards.

The APR shows SPS improved their four-year graduation rate from 86.6 percent to 89.4 percent. They also saw an increase students scoring at or above state average in the area of College and Career Readiness and achieving 90 percent attendance or better.

Academic achievement was down compared to 2013. SPS earned 94.6 percent of the total possible.

"Our performance in graduation and attendance rates demonstrates some of our district strengths, but we know we still have work to do to improve academic achievement," explained Superintendent John Jungmann.

Statewide in 2014, MAP average proficiency rates dropped in the areas of English language arts, mathematics and science.

According to SPS spokesperson Teresa Bledsoe, teachers and educational leaders will take a look at their school-specific data and strategize how to support students who are not achieving at desired levels and challenge children who are performing well to continue progress.

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