JeffCo School APR 2015; Festus on Top, De Soto Plummets

4 Nov

This year’s Annual Performance Report (APR) scores have been released by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), so it’s time to see how Jefferson County schools performed. Here’s a table showing the results of all St. Louis area schools. JeffCo schools were as follows:

District                  2015           2014

Festus                    97.9            97.5

Fox                         95.7            89.6

Windsor                  95.0            92.9

Grandview              94.3            93.9

Northwest               93.9            83.9

Hillsboro                 89.6            88.6

Jefferson Co.          88.1            86.3

Crystal City             86.8            89.6

Dunklin                   83.6            80.0

Sunrise (no HS)      81.9            88.8

De Soto                   75.0           85.0

Festus retains the top spot in the county for the third year in a row (this is the third year of these APR rankings). Fox moved up to second from a tie for fourth last year. Crystal City moved from a tie for fourth last year down to 8th; Crystal City, De Soto, and Sunrise were the three JeffCo schools that declined from last year. Northwest shot up 10 points and went from 10th last year to fifth in the county this year.

De Soto experienced a 10-point drop this year. If you look at the regional table, you see De Soto third from the bottom, behind St. Louis City and ahead of only Ferguson-Florissant and Normandy. The Leader states that De Soto was in the bottom 8% in the whole state. The district’s superintendent, Trish Burkeen, placed blame in several areas: resistance to teaching to the curriculum and Common Core, lack of familiarity with computers among elementary students, and changing American Government from a freshman course to a junior course (does that explain why the district had a 12.5% pass rate in Social Studies on the MAP test?). She states “I think this will prove to be a catalyst for change.” But what about change in the front office?

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