For the third consecutive year, the Grain Valley School District has received a perfect score, 14 out of 14 points, on its Annual Performance Review. The review serves as the state’s annual accreditation review.

Following in the footsteps of the Blue Springs and Independence school districts, Grain Valley is once again one of the top school districts in Missouri.

For the third consecutive year, the Grain Valley School District has received a perfect score, 14 out of 14 points, on its Annual Performance Review. The review serves as the state’s annual accreditation review.

“We made it a goal of ours a few years back to earn a perfect score, but now, it is more like an expectation,” said Grain Valley Superintendent Chris Small. “We are so proud of our faculty and staff and of course our kids for rising to the occasion.”

Grain Valley joins the Independence and Blue Springs school districts in achieving a perfect score. Small said the district was waiting to release the results until corrections had been made to an area on the APR regarding attendance.

The state looks at areas such as Missouri Assessment Program scores, graduation rates, ACT results and the number of advanced placement courses offered as well as other factors when determining a district’s level of accreditation each year. Too low a score could get a district provisional accreditation or loss of state accreditation altogether.

In fact, Grain Valley actually achieved two additional points above the perfect score of 14. The district earned one point for high MAP scores in science as well as an additional point for overall achievement.

Small said the key to success is making sure each staff member is on the same page and teaching students what they need to know.

“We want to make sure that every teacher understands what needs to be taught and how that is assessed,” he said. “We also need to continue to refine curriculum and see good results for every kid.”

The perfect score makes Grain Valley eligible for the Distinction in Performance Award, given to the top districts each year. Small said it shows that good things are happening in Eastern Jackson County.

“We are proud to be counted among our great neighbors,” he said. “We, of course, are always looking for ways to improve, but I think this says good things about our education systems in Eastern Jackson County.”