JeffCo School APR 2014; Festus Still on Top, Fox Falls

29 Aug

It is once again time to review the state of Missouri’s rankings for school districts in our area. The Annual Performance Report is based on “state standardized tests, attendance, graduation rates and whether students leave high school ready for college or careers,” as the Post-Dispatch explains it. Here are the scores for Jefferson County districts, highest to lowest (schools with scores that declined in italics).

District                   2014            2013

Festus                      97.5             96.4

Grandview              93.9             85.4

Windsor                  92.9             85.7

Fox                           89.6             92.1

Crystal City             89.6             88.2

Sunrise (no HS)     88.8             87.5

Hillsboro                 88.6             88.2

Jefferson Co.           86.3            85.6

De Soto                     85.0            81.1

Northwest                83.9            87.5

Dunklin                    80.0            84.6

I note that Jefferson Co’s score last year was listed as 90.4, but this database says last year’s score was 85.6. I don’t know if there was some sort of adjustment or what.

“Over half of Missouri school districts did increase their score,” said Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro. That includes all but three Jeffco schools, as you see above. Fox C-6, which was 2nd in the county last year, plummeted into a tie for 4th as its score dropped and other schools’ scores rose. It should be noted that school was out for the year before the twin scandals surrounding disgraced superintendent Dianne Critchlow erupted. Festus remains in the top position in the county, having the 8th-best score out of 55 schools in the St. Louis metro area. Dunklin (serving Pevely and Herculaneum) was 9th from the bottom.

I hope to go into greater detail about these scores in a later post. Here is my analysis from last year. This is the second year of this particular ratings system. These scores were called MSIP5 scores last year.


2 Responses to “JeffCo School APR 2014; Festus Still on Top, Fox Falls”


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