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Science, Social Studies scores up at District 200, DESE progress report shows

August 29, 2014

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Sedalia200This week, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released its 2014 Annual Performance Reports (APR), progress reports for school districts statewide.

Sedalia School District 200’s performance was on track with statewide trends, and showed increases over statewide averages in some sectors.

The reports are based on students’ performance in the Missouri Assessment Program standardized tests given last spring. Comparing 2013 results with those from 2014, the statewide averages showed MAP index point declines in English Language Arts (-3.1 points), mathematics (-0.4) and science (-6.7), but an increase in social studies (+10.9).

Sedalia 200 students were down 2.1 MAP index points in English Language Arts and down 1.1 MAP index points in math, but logged increases of 4.9 points in science and 15.2 points in social studies.

Sedalia 200 received 118.5 points out of a possible 140 in 2014, a 5.4-point dip from its 2013 score of 126. Some key factors in Sedalia 200’s scoring gap from 2013 to 2014:

• In English Language Arts (ELA), Sedalia 200 earned 15 of 16 possible points for ELA Standard 1.1 in 2013, and 9 of 16 in 2014. Students showed improvement in 2014, but not enough to gain “progress points.”

• The district saw a 4-point drop in Standard 3, 1-3, under College and Career Readiness, from 10 points in 2013 down to 6 points in 2014. This standard relates to the number of students who take advanced academic tests including the ACT, ASVAB, Compass and Project Lead The Way exams. If 50 more students had taken any of these exams, no matter their score the district would have received 9.5 points in this category.

• Sedalia 200 moved to Missouri Learning Standards for math and communication arts at the kindergarten level in the 2010-11 school year. In the 2013-14 school year, the entire district changed over to the new standards in anticipation of the statewide shift to those standards during the 2014-15 school year; the 2014 MAP tests are the final round based on grade-level expectations.

 

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