As students head back to class...teachers at Neosho High School are hoping to make this year an academic success.
"We push every single student to reach their full potential. We have great expectations for them and I think because of that the students know that and that's why they take it as a responsibility of their own to use the tools that we've given them." says High School English teacher, Krista Asbell.
Since the release of the Missouri School Improvement Program 2013 Annual Performance Report, Neosho is striving to reach the highest level in the program - accredited with distinction...a goal they missed this year by just a slight margin.
""I'm very proud of them, but its bittersweet because we just needed 7 tenths of a point to be exemplary or to be with distinction. And we were so close." says Assistant Superintendent, Glenda Condict.
One area Condict says the school is focusing on is improving the English and language arts courses. After reviewing the individual area scores - the school came up with a plan to make this year's curriculum even better.
"We have made the curriculum more rigorous. A process based, critical thinking curriculum." Condict says.
The English department at the high school plans to focus on the area of non-fiction reading and writing.
"We're really trying to teach them higher level thinking more past the why question. More to really dive into it and really apply to themselves and what does this mean to me." says Neosho High School Language Arts teacher, Gretchen Hughes.
To see how other schools in the area scored on the assessment...click here, or copy and paste this link into your browser.