District-wide scores jump by 4.3 percentage points when compared to previous year
The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District has earned the state’s top rating for academic achievement following the Oct. 23 release of Missouri assessment scores. The district scored 96.8 percent on the state’s rigorous Annual Performance Report (APR) for the 2014-15 school year, an increase of 4.3 percentage points over the previous school year.
Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education annually issues a state report card for public schools through the Missouri School Improvement Program. This assessment system, established in 1990, is now in its fifth cycle and is often called MSIP 5. Performance standards used through MSIP 5 are designed to recognize the achievement and growth of all Missouri students.
Through the 2014-15 MSIP 5, Lee’s Summit R-7 scored 135.5 out of a possible 140 points. This is a 6-point increase over the 2013-14 year.
“We are definitely pleased with our district’s score this year and the improvement over the previous year,” said Dr. David McGehee, R-7 superintendent. “I especially want to thank our staff members, students and families. Our schools and our entire community can be proud of our students’ performance on the state tests. Missouri is known throughout the nation for its rigorous academic standards on state assessments, making this even more noteworthy.”
Dr. Kevin Daniel, associate superintendent of instruction and leadership, added, “This increase is the direct result of how hard our students, staff and school leaders are working to achieve at the highest possible levels. And, the direct result of focused school improvement efforts to increase learning each day.”
Dr. Daniel added, “While these assessments are not the end all and be all, they do have a significant impact toward determining our district’s level of accreditation. In addition, they provide our students an opportunity to demonstrate how much they have learned over the course of a school year. Our district continues to be appreciative of the tremendous support provided by our parents and community as a whole. That support is the difference-maker in our efforts to meet the district’s mission of preparing each student for success in life.”
The MSIP 5 Annual Performance Report includes five major standards — academic achievement, subgroup achievement, college and career readiness, attendance rates and graduation rates. Lee’s Summit R-7 students scored well in all five categories.
Despite this success, Lee’s Summit R-7 leaders emphasized that district staff are constantly focused on improvement and will use the MSIP 5 information and other accountability measures to enhance learning and academic achievement for each student.