Springfield Schools show gains in language arts, graduation; fall short in math

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Edited News Release) -- MAP testing scores released Thursday show improvements in several area inside Springfield Schools.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the Annual Performance Report (APR) for statewide school districts for the 2018-2019 school year. The APR is compiled from the results of district-level performance metrics, including the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP), commonly referred to as the MAP Test. This test is administered each spring.

"This year's APR results highlight several areas of progress and notable achievement," said Dr. John Jungmann, superintendent of Springfield Public Schools. "We are pleased to see growth as a district in English Language Arts, gains in attendance, and significant progress in our graduation rate."

Academic & Subgroup Achievement:
Student achievement in English Language Arts remain in line with the state average. The district says results in English Language Arts show a positive three-year trend in growth. Student growth in English Language Arts, for all students, including subgroups, exceeds growth expectations set by the state. Student performance in math is approaching the state's expectation, but falls short of the state average.

College & Career / High School Readiness
The testing results show 68.7% of Springfield Schools graduates are college or career ready. Graduate follow-up surveys indicate 90.7% of 2018 graduates were successfully placed in a college/university or technical college, were employed, or engaged in military service.
Attendance Approximately 20,450 students attended 90% or more of the school year. The district increased the 90/90 attendance metric by 0.5% over the previous year.

Graduation:
The biggest gains for the district happened in graduation. The four-year overall rate rose nearly three percentage points to 88.5%. The four-year graduation rate for all subgroups also increased.

"The MAP test is one of the many ways school districts ensure we are meeting the educational needs of our students," said Dr. Jungmann. "High academic standards will help prepare Missouri students for success, both in school and beyond. We are committed to providing all children in our district with those opportunities for success. Our students have worked hard to master the standards that these assessments help measure, with outstanding guidance from our teachers and support staff. We are proud of their efforts and also appreciate the support provided by parents and the community to help our students give their best effort throughout the testing process each year. Just as we identify and celebrate important progress, we also focus on opportunities to improve. SPS will continue to be purposeful in our strategic action to benefit each and every student."

Background on 2019 APR & MAP Results:
The Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) is the state's accountability system used to distinguish a school district's performance. The performance standards comprising MSIP are designed to recognize the achievement and growth of all Missouri students and are used as the basis of the Annual Performance Report (APR).

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