DESE Releases Statewide Annual Performance Reports

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March 13, 2023

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has released the statewide Annual Performance Reports (APRs) for the 2021-22 school year. APRs demonstrate the progress districts are making toward meeting the Standards and Indicators in the sixth version of the Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP 6).

The Brentwood School District earned a score of 91% under this new state system of evaluation, which is in the top 7% of the 553 Missouri school districts that were evaluated. Only four districts in Missouri scored 95% or higher, compared to 320 districts in 2018, the last year the state issued the reports.

“The state APR allows us to identify and celebrate our strengths while also highlighting areas for continuous improvement,” said Superintendent Dr. Brian Lane. “It is just one of many data points we use throughout the school year to measure student success.”

MSIP is the state’s system for reviewing and accrediting Missouri school districts. It outlines expectations for school practices and student outcomes, with the goal of each student graduating ready for success in college, career and life. Scores are based on student growth and academic performance on the Missouri state assessment, as well as other measures associated with each district’s continuous school improvement plan.

Brentwood measures student growth and achievement multiple times throughout the school year. This allows teachers to receive timely feedback on student learning and personalize instruction in real time. It also allows families to follow the progress of their students throughout the year and empowers students to understand and direct their own learning.

This is the pilot year for the new state evaluation tool. As such, DESE has advised that because MSIP 6 is a new system with different scoring, it is inaccurate to compare a school district’s 2022 APR score to previous years. The accreditation and classification of school districts under MSIP 6 will begin in the 2023-24 school year.

“MSIP 6 is designed to distinguish the performance of schools in meaningful ways to help identify areas in need of support and recognize models of excellence,” said Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven. “For the release of this pilot year data, we encourage stakeholders, including community partners and families, to focus less on the APR score and more on the underlying data to learn how they may better support student learning.”

For more information about APR and MSIP 6, visit the DESE website.