SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Put down your pencils. That's the dreaded phrase at the end of almost every standardized test.
Now the numbers are in for the Missouri Assessment Program or MAP testing. The standardized tests that are supposed to take the temperature of how schools across the state are progressing academically.
Springfield Public Schools made some gains and lost some ground, but in charge of the school say there is more that impacts how children learn.
"We really don't use it that much,” says Superintendent Dr. Norm Ridder. “We use more our own assessment. We have a performance series. For example, Weller Elementary will use weekly assessments to measure progress.”
But, this is how the state judges the district. For final analysis, the MAP results are factored into the Missouri School Improvement Plan Formula, also called MSIP 5.
This shows Springfield Public Schools gained ground in academic achievement, career and college readiness, and stayed steady for their graduation rate.
Numbers for the subgroup academic achievement rate went down from 11 points in 2012 to 9.5 points in 2013. DESE (Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Elementary) defines that group as African American students, Hispanic students, free and reduced lunch students, individualized education plan students and English language learner students. Attendance also went down from 9.5 points to 7.5 points.
Dr. Ridder says the so-called MSIP5 formula focuses more on the progress of each student.
“That's what we're really targeting now is watch and see how much growth is occurring per child, and that's what our system is set up to do is to look at every single child and to help that child grow and improve from low basic, to basic or whatever it is.”
Still school districts like Springfield will pour over the data.
“Anyone who works with children is looking at this data, drilling down into it to figure out, what are the things we did well because obviously we want to continue to do those things,” says Associate Superintendent Marty Moore.
And where the district is falling short.
"Then, we know there are going to be some gaps, so the sooner we know what those gaps the sooner we can put a plan in place. Because at the end of each of those data charts, there's the face of a student whose needs haven't been met yet that we're trying to close that gap for."
Statewide results were made public Friday. School districts and journalist have already been examining the numbers.
Districts that do not do well and whose students do not progress face losing accreditation.
MSIP 5 Accreditation Levels
|Pct of Points Earned|
|Accredited With Distinction||90% + additional criteria as yet to be determined by the Missouri State Board of Education|
|Accredited||70% - 89.9%|
|Provisional||50% - 69.9%|
|Unaccredited||0% - 49.9%|
The district made gains in terms of Academic Achievement. For this category there are 56 possible points. In 2012 Springfield Public Schools had 52 points and that number grew to 54. Academic Achievement is based on the MAP Performance Index (MPI)