The Rockwood School District earned a 97.8 percent overall score on the Annual Performance Report (APR) released by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). This means that Rockwood continues to earn the highest level of accreditation possible from the state education department.
"We are always proud of our students and their achievement," noted Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost. "In Rockwood, we know it's more than statistics and standardized testing results. Our focus continues to be our students and making sure our schools are safe places focused on the academic, social and emotional needs of our students."
Missouri has experienced significant changes to the state testing program within the last five years. Comparisons to student achievement scores and APR results year-to-year are inappropriate due to changes in the state's process. According to DESE, completely new assessments in English language arts and math were administered in 2017-18; therefore, it is important to note that the 2017-18 results are not comparable with results from previous tests in those subjects. In the area of science, a field test was given during the 2017-18 school year for science, so schools did not receive official MAP scores in this area.
What does the report note as strengths in Rockwood?
Rockwood is a high-achieving school district. The district earned 100 percent of the points available in the areas of graduation rate, attendance rate and college and career readiness.
How will Rockwood continue improving student learning?
In Rockwood, our focus continues to be on ensuring that every student is making progress and reaching higher levels of achievement. According to Glenn Hancock, director of research, evaluation and assessment, a balanced assessment program guides this progress. "Our educators in professional learning communities will review the state data, along with the many other types of classroom assessments, to improve our programs and help all students love learning," he noted.