Neosho R-5 School District administrators say they are pleased with the district’s Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) 5 score.

The district came in at 89.3 percent, just .7 percent short of distinction level.

The MSIP 5 program, new this year, and described as more rigorous than MSIP 4, bases the score on the total points a district receives.

With 140 points available, the Neosho R-5 School District received 125 points.

The score is based on five categories, said Glenda Condict, Neosho R-5 assistant superintendent of curriculum and Instruction.

Those categories are academic achievement, graduation rate, subgroup achievement, college and career readiness, and attendance.

“In comparison to state results, we scored well,” Condict said.

Dan Decker, Neosho R-5 superintendent, said the district’s score is promising, and also allows the district to focus on the specific areas that need corrected to receive distinction in the future.

“Of course you’re always disappointed if you’re not in that elite group,” Decker said. “But, once you get to that 89.3 percent, you’re doing a lot of things right.”

Condict said the district received full credit for the graduation rate requirements, which she said is in large part thanks to high school administration’s efforts.

“We’re very proud of our high school administration and high school staff for setting that goal for all students at the high school,” Condict said.

In academic achievement, the district also performed well, with a score of 94.6 percent for the category.

Academic achievement, Condict said, is based on test scores for English, language arts, and math.

Overall, the results came back well, she said.

“Math results were very positive,” Condict said. “When you break all this down, we had mixed academic scores. We do see an area of focus to be on English and language arts.”

Another area of focus for the district will be attendance numbers, Condict said.
Neosho earned a 75 percent in that category.

In the subgroup achievement category, which is based on minority students, those qualifying for free and reduced lunch, and those with individual education plans, the district received 89.3 percent.

The final category, college and career readiness, came in at 73.3 percent.

Condict said that category combines a number of factors, including the number of highly qualified teachers in the district, the accelerated courses offered in the high school, the discussion of post-high school plans in grades kindergarten through 12, and where students go after graduation.

“It’s not just at the high school level,” Condict said. “It begins in kindergarten, as they talk about life goals and dreams.”

Both Condict and Decker noted the difference between MSIP 5 and its predecessor.

Decker said the new requirements would likely result in a drop in the number of Missouri school districts that qualify for the distinction level of accreditation.
Though, he did note, that Neosho came very close, scoring at the very top of the accreditation level.

“We hit 89.3 percent, which is at the very top,” Decker said. “It’s right below distinction. We’re right at the very top of accredited. We were hoping to have distinction but we’re very close.”

Condict said it is impossible to compare this year’s results to last year’s, with the new system, she said it would be like comparing apples to oranges.
She said comparisons between school years could begin once the MSIP 5 requirements have been around a couple more years.

With their score coming in so close to the top, Condict said the district is very proud of Neosho’s teachers and administrators.

“I want to reiterate the hard work of the district staff and administrators,” Condict said. “The 89.3 percent we are very proud of.”

Condict said she plans to present the results to the board of education in an upcoming school board meeting.

Neosho scored the same as the Seneca R-7 School District, who also earned 89.3 percent.

The McDonald County R-1 School District achieved distinction level, with a score of 92.9 percent, while East Newton R-6 came very close, with 89.6 percent.

The Diamond R-4 School District came in at 78.6 percent, the same score as the Joplin R-8 School District received, while Carthage and Webb City both scored in the mid 80s, with 85 percent and 87.5 percent, respectively.

MSIP 5 is Missouri’s school accountability system for reviewing and accrediting public school districts in the state.

The program began in 1990 and started its fifth version in the last year.