Spring Bluff R-XV Receives Perfect Score On APR

For the second straight year and third in the last five, the Spring Bluff R-XV district scored 100 percent on the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) annual performance report.

As a kindergarten through eighth grade district, Spring Bluff is measured on academic achievement, subgroup achievement, high school readiness and attendance.

Spring Bluff earned 60 of 60 points.

“The time and effort our teachers have put into developing curriculum and instructional practices have been critical elements of our students’ continued performance, along with parent involvement and support in their students’ education,” said Superintendent Jeannie Jenkins, adding that the board of education has ensured that students and teachers have the tools to be successful.

Spring Bluff scored 100 percent in 2017 and 2015. In 2014 and 2016, the district scored 98.8 percent.

“The majority of points are earned from student performance,” Jenkins said. “State standards have changed multiple times over the past five years, which has been difficult for schools across the state instructionally.”

Jenkins said in 2018, a new assessment was given over the Missouri Leaning Standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and math. Spring Bluff students scored 16 of 16 on both tests. Science was a field test year and Jenkins said data was not provided to the districts or included in scores.

“With the elimination of the science exam for 2018, APR points were reduced for all districts, but will be added back for 2019,” she said.

Nearly 83 percent of students in grades third through eighth tested proficient in ELA and 79 percent tested proficient in math. 

Eighth grade students take an end-of-course exam, which is a high school level assessment. Nearly 89 percent of the students scored in the top two performance levels.

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