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MAP Test Results Show Gains, Lost Ground at Springfield Schools

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Put down your pencils. That's the dreaded phrase at the end of almost every standardized test.

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. 

Dr. Norm Ridder says no school in the Springfield Public School district fits that bill. Several Missouri school districts are unaccredited including Kansas City, Riverview Gardens and Normandy in St. Louis County. 

This is how Missouri Schools measure accreditation according to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 

MSIP 5 Accreditation Levels
Pct of Points Earned
Accredited With Distinction90% + additional criteria as yet to be determined by the Missouri State Board of Education
Accredited70% - 89.9%
Provisional50% - 69.9%
Unaccredited0% - 49.9%

Below you can dig deeper into the statewide numbers, the numbers by district and then more specific numbers within the Springfield Public Schools. 

These numbers also bring to light poverty issues like the number of student in a particular school on Free and Reduced Lunch. 


MAP test results from Springfield Public Schools students are just part of an overall formula used to determine how students are progressing. All Missouri schools use what is called the Missouri School Improvement Plan or (MSIP) to estabish their annual performance reports. Unlike its predecessor the MSIP 5 provides both federal and state accountability. MSIP 5 also replaces the Adequate Yearly Progress Report (AYP) for federal accountability in the state according to SPS. 

MSIP 5 sets goals for all schools. 1) Establish state expectations 2) Promote continuous improvement and innovation 3) Distinguish performance of schools and districts and empower stakeholders.

There are five standards of accountability in MSIP 5 used for the Annual Perfomance Report:

1) Academic achievement
2) Subgroup Achievement
3) College and Career Ready
4) Attendance
5) Graduation Rates

Below is a graphic that shows how Springfield measure up during the 2011-2012 and now 2012-2013 academic years. Hover over the graphic for additional information.

Springfield MSIP 5Year: 2012Year: 2013AcademicAchievement SubgroupAchievement College andCareerReady Attendance GraduationRate 015304560
Year: 2013

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)

Subgroup Achievement is where the district lagged a bit for 2013. The Subgroup includes African American students, Hispanic students, students on Free and Reduced Lunch, students on Individualized Education Plans and English Language Learners. Out of 14 possible points the district scored 11 in 2012 and fell to 9.5 in 2013.

College and Career Ready Springfield Public Schools gained in this area. According to Springfield Public Schools College and Career Ready takes into account graduates at or above state standards on measures for college readiness like the ACT, SAT and Armed Services Vocational Aptititude Battery. Springfield Public School Students rose from 19.5 in 2012 to 23.5 in 2013. 

Attendance which has been a problem that has plagued Springfield Public Schools fell from 2012 to 2013. With ten possible points the numbers went from 9.5 to 7.5 for the district.

The Graduation Rate for the district remained steady. With 30 possible points Springfield Public Schools scored 30 out of 30 points in both 2012 and 2013.   

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