For the third year in a row, the Lonedell R-XIV School District scored a 100 percent on the Missouri School Improvement Program 5 annual performance report.
MSIP 5 measures Lonedell students with five standards, including academic achievement, subgroup achievement, high school readiness and attendance.
Each score contributes to a total, or a percentage, of points earned. Subgroups include students in the free and reduced lunch program and students with disabilities.
Lonedell serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
“I believe that our APR score can be credited to day-to-day practice in our district,” said Superintendent Jenny Ulrich. “Our teachers have worked very hard over the last five years to increase their intentionality in teaching.”
She noted that Lonedell teachers have created their own curriculum and study units based on the Missouri Learning Standards.
“They have prioritized teaching and streamlined instruction,” Ulrich said. “We also use assessment data to monitor students’ progress along the way to check for understanding and mastery in real time.
“These practices focus on learning, not teaching and that is a paramount shift in education,” she added. “It is not about what teachers have taught, but it is about what students have learned. If we need to reteach to ensure mastery then that is exactly what we do.”
Every morning, there is a 30-minute period where teachers reteach in small groups. Ulrich said this helps the district meet students needs.
“Incremental progress monitoring of students’ progress is paramount to their academic success,” she said.
English language arts and mathematics scores declined slightly for subgroup achievement students. Students earned three out of four possible points or a 75 percent in those areas.
“In order to address this small decline, we have increased resources around progress monitoring,” Ulrich said.
The school district purchased Evaluate, an assessment software program that tracks student progress, she added.
“This software gives us the capability of drilling down to see exactly what concepts they have mastered and what concepts they still need support on,” she said. “This gives teachers a road map for instruction.”
In addition to Evaluate, she said the district also bought a program called Intervention Compass. It is a student database that combines all students’ assessment data into one location, which can be easily viewed and monitored.
The program also has a library of a selection of researched-based interventions to be assigned to students.
“This is a great resource for the staff that we hope will make progress monitoring easier, more accessible and collaborative so as a staff we have a continual focus on student progress and learning,” Ulrich said.