Callaway County schools show improvement in state evaluation

All Callaway County public schools except Fulton met all 14 Annual Performance Report (APR) standards set for 2012 by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The annual state evaluation showed Fulton met 13 key state standards and only failed to meet graduation rate standards set by the state.

The Fulton School District scored higher than the Jefferson City School District, which met 12 of 14 state accreditation standards. The Jefferson City District failed to meet attendance standards and career education placement standards.

The New Bloomfield School District’s overall performance has been improving steadily since 2009 and this year for the first time it met all 14 of the state’s evaluations.

The North Callaway School District for the last three years has met all 14 standards.

The South Callaway School District has met all 14 state standards for the last five years.

Starting this year, the state education agency is not placing as much emphasis on MAP test scores in determining a school’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) report, as required previously by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

In June Missouri received a waiver from the federal government that allows the state to use its own accountability system to identify and help struggling schools and to recognize schools achieving exemplary results.

The MAP tests will continue and will be used to identify struggling schools, according to Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro.

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