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  • Most EJC districts raise their grades

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  • The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the 2014 Annual Performance Reports for each school district in the state on Friday, and most Eastern Jackson County districts have improved.
    The Blue Springs School District scored the highest out of the EJC districts, earning 138 out of 140 points possible or 98.6 percent.
    Fort Osage improved more than 11 percent compared to last year’s APR scores. The district earned 117 points, or 83.6 percent, for its 2014 APR. Grain Valley school district rose over 6 percent from last year by earning 126 points, or 90 percent. Independence schools also increased by over 5 percent this year with a score of 112 points, or 80 percent. The district also noted that its score increase was the fourth highest of any district its size in the state, which are districts with a student enrollment of more than 8,000 students.
    Lee’s Summit R-7 School District scores have slightly dropped this year. It earned 129.5 points, or 92.5 percent, down from 134.5 points/96.1 percent in 2013.
    The state’s school accountability system, Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) 5, reviews and accredits school districts based on their performance in five areas: Academic achievement (student performance in English language arts, math and science subjects; primarily derived from the Missouri Assessment Program test scores), subgroup achievement (this area includes minority students, students with limited proficiency in English, students with disabilities, students with special education service and students eligible for free and reduced-priced lunches), college and career or high school readiness (number of students taking ACT, SAT or other college exams; college coursework; graduate follow-up), attendance rate and graduation rate.
    A district’s performance results in each of the five areas are released in the Annual Performance Report, which is essentially a district’s report card.
    Academic achievement comprises 40 percent of a district’s total APR score, 10 percent for subgroup achievement, 21.4 percent for college and career readiness, 7.2 percent for attendance and 21.4 percent for graduate rate. Also, in order for a Missouri district to be fully accredited, it must earned 70 percent or more of the 140 possible points on the MSIP-5.

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