Three local school districts have earned the prestigious "Performance with Distinction" Award from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The Monett R-1, Purdy R-2 and Pierce City R-6 districts all met at least 13 of 14 performance standards in DESE's Annual Performance Report (APR).
The APR reviews student performance on the annual MAP tests and assesses curriculum for advanced courses, career education, attendance, graduation rates and scores on ACT college entrance exams.
This is the sixth time in 10 years that the Monett District has qualified for Distinction in Performance. It is only the second time that Monett has earned a perfect score on the APR.
"Obviously it's a huge undertaking to get all of the target points and bonus points as well," said Julie Germann, Monett assistant superintendent. "I liken it to getting a perfect score on a test. It's a big accomplishment. It reflects the work of classroom teachers and students to show work put forth to make the district proud."
Receiving the Distinction in Performance Award helped the district qualify for a Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) waiver, which means the district is exempt from the MSIP on-site review process and MSIP resource and process standards and indicators not listed in the waiver checklist. DESE will conduct a mini-team review that will focus on the areas identified in the waiver plan.
This is the first time the Purdy School District has earned the Distinction in Performance Award.
"We've met 11 or 12 of the performance standards consistently," said Superintendent Jerry Lingo. "We've never gotten over the hump before. This year we got a bonus MAP (Missouri Achievement Program test) point relating to student performance."
The Bonus MAP Achievement Standard is considered in place of a MAP or non-MAP performance standard that is not met.
"The achievement is a credit to our teachers and school board and our whole district and the students as well," Lingo continued. "This is a big thing for us. It's something we work for and talk about a lot. The fact that we've achieved it gives a lot of credit to our faculty and administrative staff."
Pierce City R-6
This is the fifth consecutive year that the Pierce City School District has earned the Distinction in Performance Award.
"It's nice to get the recognition, especially when you hit the round numbers," said Superintendent Russ Moreland.
"It's hard to credit the achievement to any one thing," Moreland continued. "A lot of people deserve credit, including former teachers. We're continuing to make a great focus on student achievement. We've had more professional development, more teachers taking advantage of it and we've updated the curriculum. We've very proud of that."
Pierce City's past awards have been displayed in the superintendent's office in past years but have not been exhibited since the office was expanded in last year's remodeling.
"We need to get them back on the wall. It covers some validation for what we do all through the year," Moreland said.
The honor was also earned by the Cassville R-4, Wheaton
R-3 and Shell Knob districts in Barry County, and by the Aurora R-8, Mt. Vernon R-5 and Miller R-2 districts in Lawrence County. It will be the 10th year Mt. Vernon has received the recognition. Awards will be presented to the schools during a special banquet in Springfield later this spring.