R-7 School District eligible for state’s accredited with distinction status

September 18, 2013 

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District ranked among the top districts in the metro area and throughout the state on the Annual Performance Reports included in the updated Missouri School Improvement Program accountability system, known as MSIP 5.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently introduced a new state-wide grade card for public school districts. The first school-district scores determined through the new scoring system were released on Aug. 23. The fifth version of the Missouri School Improvement Program was approved by the State Board of Education in 2011, giving schools two years to prepare for the updated accountability requirements.

Lee’s Summit R-7 received a total of 134.5 out a possible 140 points or 96.1 percent on the state’s Annual Performance Report. This score places the R-7 School District among the top three districts in the metropolitan area and among the top four in the state among districts with more than 10,000 students enrolled.

Based on the district’s 96.1 percentage score, Lee’s Summit R-7 would be eligible for the state’s top recognition for school districts.

“We are pleased with our district’s scores on the state assessments,” said David McGehee, R-7 superintendent. “When you consider that Missouri is recognized across the nation for its especially high standards for academic performance on state assessments, this is a remarkable accomplishment for our students, our staff and our entire community.”

MSIP 5 is designed to show how well each public school district is meeting the state’s education standards and is used to review and accredit Missouri school districts. Although Lee’s Summit R-7 scores are among the state’s highest, school district staff members are constantly focused on improvement. R-7 educators are using the MSIP 5 information and other accountability measures to enhance learning and improve academic achievement for each student.

The MSIP 5 Annual Performance Report includes five major standards – academic achievement, subgroup achievement, college and career ready, attendance and graduation rates – and R-7 students scored well in all five categories. In three areas, the district earned 100 percent of the possible points, including college and career ready, attendance and graduation rate.

The Missouri Annual Performance Reports continue a tradition of R-7 School District student success. The local district has won Missouri’s Distinction in Performance Award, the state’s highest recognition for academic achievement, for the past 12 years.

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