Gov. Jay Nixon today highlighted the rise in scores by Missouri school districts on the 2016 Annual Performance Report (APR) released today by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education – including that none of Missouri’s 517 school districts received an APR score in the unaccredited range, even though the learning standards have become more rigorous and comprehensive.
The Governor was at Moline Elementary School in the Riverview Gardens School District in north St. Louis County, where he praised the continued progress made by the district. During a news conference after he visited a classroom, the Governor cited increased investments in classrooms statewide and pointed to the fact that for the second year in a row, Riverview Gardens has had an APR score 30 points above where it had been in 2014.
“We’ve put a record amount of money in our K-12 classrooms, and raised standards. In this region, more than 20 school districts came together in a unique partnership to support the progress of districts that had been struggling. We are seeing the results not only here at Riverview Gardens, but also in schools in Normandy, Ferguson-Florissant, and in districts across Missouri,” Gov. Nixon said. “It’s clear that the Riverview Gardens School District is continuing on its path of progress and significant improvement, thanks to Superintendent Dr. Scott Spurgeon and his team, the teachers, students and parents of this district. They know that stronger schools make for stronger communities.”
Because of the progress being made at Riverview Gardens, Gov. Nixon urged the State Board of Education to grant the district provisional accreditation at its meeting in December. Currently the district is unaccredited.
“This will be an accurate reflection of how Riverview Gardens has moved forward, and it will be a demonstration of confidence that the people of this district – the parents, students, teachers and administrators – are making great strides to build a solid foundation for this community through stronger schools,” the Governor said. “That progress merits recognition.”
In June 2015, Gov. Nixon announced an agreement among St. Louis-area superintendents and education leaders to provide a range of services aimed at improving the educational performance and financial stability of the Riverview Gardens and Normandy school districts. The collaborative effort has helped benefit both districts.
Gov. Nixon noted that the 2016 APR showed none of the state’s 517 school districts received scores in the unaccredited range, even though the learning standards have become more rigorous and comprehensive.