Late last month, the district received our Annual Performance Report (APR) from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). This report takes a look at performance standards like Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) and End of Course (EOC) exam scores, graduation and attendance rates, and college and career readiness factors providing districts with an overview of successes and areas for improvement. 

The APR also aids in determining accreditation and performance levels across the state. Traditionally, schools have received an overall percentage. In fact, you may remember us sharing that we received a 97.5 percent last February for the 2017-18 school year. 

However, this year, schools did not receive an overall percentage. Instead, DESE has provided a visual report that allows districts to see specific data points more clearly and helps schools to focus on growth and student needs.

After thoroughly examining this year’s results and presenting them to the Board of Education, we have identified the following as areas of celebration. English language arts and math results are above the state average. 

Science results have not yet been released, and social studies was not included as last year was a trial testing year. Student attendance is on target and above the state average, with 91.5 percent of our over 6,500 students in attendance at least 90% percent of the time. 

The district is on target with a graduation rate and above the state average by nearly four percentage points. 

The district’s average ACT score is also above the state average at 20.9.

As we move forward, our team recognizes that there is still a lot of hard work to be done, and, as always, there are areas for improvement. 

To foster growth, this year, our team has re-focused our commitment to Professional Learning Communities (PLC), implemented a new math curriculum for students K-5, implemented the Math and Read 180 programs to provide additional support for students at the middle school level, implemented a STEM Challenge for students K-8, and added additional advanced placement (AP) and college credit courses for high school students.

The successes that we have achieved thus far are a direct result of the hard work of our students and employees. 

I commend them for their effort and dedication and look forward to celebrating further success in the future.

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