Good morning Wildcat nation!

Good morning Wildcat nation! It was nice to step out this morning and detect a slight nip in the air; hopefully it is an indication that fall is on its way. As I pondered what to share today I decided I would spend a little time going over the evaluation/accreditation system that Missouri uses for schools. The acronym that is so often used for this system is MSIP which stands for the Missouri School Improvement Program. We are currently in the fifth version of this system and with this new version comes a higher level of accountability for schools.

The main message of MSIP5 is that it works to prepare every child for success in school and life. MSIP5 is used to distinguish the performance of schools and districts in valid, accurate and meaningful ways so that districts that districts in need of improvement can receive appropriate support and interventions and high-performing schools can be recognized ass models of excellence. The MSIP Annual Performance Report (APR) is used by the State Board of Education to determine a district's accreditation classification. Currently in Missouri, 506 school districts are fully accredited, 11 are provisionally accredited, and three are unaccredited.

Over the past four years, Missouri has engaged in and solicited meaningful input from students, parents, teachers, administrators and business leaders on MSIP5. Overwhelmingly, Missourians requested that the focus remain on continuous and sustained school improvement. The model that has been created with MSIP5 focuses on continuous improvement and was designed to be used over multiple annual performance reports representing multiple years of data. The percent of overall points may be earned through status and progress or growth (where applicable). It is important for districts and the public to know how districts are reaching their final percentage of points earned. The MSIP5 accreditation levels are 90 percent and above Accredited with Distinction, 70-89.9 percent Accredited, 50-69.9 percent Provisionally Accredited, 0-49.9 percent Unaccredited. The APR shows how districts are meeting performance standards including:

• Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests;
• ACT, SAT, Compass and ASVAB (Military Test) scores;
• Successful completion of advanced courses;
• Career education placement;
• College placement;
• Graduation rates;
• Attendance rates;
• Subgroup achievement (includes Black, Hispanic, students with disabilities, English Language Learners, Free/Reduced Lunch eligible students).

So, what does this mean for the Neosho R-5 School District? I have included below the APR information for the district:

2013 LEA Annual Performance Report (APR) – Final LEA Summary Report MSIP 5 NEOSHO R-V 2013 2014 2015
APR Total Points 125.0/140
Percent of Points 89.3%
MSIP 5 Standards Pts Poss. Pts Earned % Earned
1. Academic Achieve. 56.0 53.0 94.6%
2. Subgroup Achieve. 14.0 12.5 89.3%
3. College and
Career Ready (CCR) 30.0 22.0 73.3%
4. Attendance 10.0 7.5 75.0%
5. Graduation Rate 30.0 30.0 100.0%
Total 140.0 125.0 89.3%

While each school district wants to be recognized with Distinction in Performance I am very proud of where we are as a district at this time. We are at the top of the Accredited category with a clear picture of what we need to do to make the push into the Distinction category for next year. One thing I would really like to point out is that in the area of Academic Achievement we are performing at the Distinction level. This is where as parents you should be very encouraged about the education you son/daughter is receiving in the Neosho district. I am also very encouraged with our performance in subgroup achievement and am in awe of our 100 percent graduation rate. We are doing many great things for our students each and every day. We are also looking at the areas we are deficient in and are working daily to develop plans and interventions to address them.

Be proud, Neosho, your students and schools are doing a great job! I hope you have a great week!

Dan Decker is superintendent of the Neosho R-5 School District.