Local Schools Listed As "Needs Improvement"

Local Schools Listed as "Needs Improvement"
By: Heartland News
According to a press release from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has notified more than 250 public schools and school districts that they are unlikely to meet "adequate yearly progress".  (You can read the full press release below.)
Below is a list of school districts located in Southeast Missouri identified as "needing improvement".
  • Arcadia Valley R-II
  • Cape Girardeau
  • Caruthersville
  • Charleston R-I
  • Doniphan R-I
  • East Carter County R-II
  • Fredericktown R-I
  • Hayti R-II
  • Kennett
  • Malden R-I
  • Neelyville R-IV
  • New Madrid County R-I
  • North St. Francois County R-I
  • Perry County
  • Poplar Bluff R-I
  • Portageville
  • Potosi R-III
  • Scott County R-IV
  • Senath Hornersville C-8
  • Sikeston R-6
  • South Pemiscot County R-V
August 13, 2007
DESE Lists More Public Schools and Districts
That "Need Improvement," Based on AYP Standards
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has notified more than 250 public schools and school districts that they are unlikely to meet "adequate yearly progress" goals and will be classified by state education officials as "needing improvement" during 2007-08.
Under the provisions of federal law (No Child Left Behind), these schools and districts will be in the category of needing improvement for the first time. They are required to notify parents about the designation as soon as possible. The school districts will be required to prepare a new school-improvement plan.
"We are making a preliminary identification of new schools and districts that need improvement, as required by the law and based on 2006 MAP scores, attendance rates and graduation rates. In previous years, we made this determination after all schools had received their new test results. Federal officials have told us we must accelerate our timetable," said Stan Johnson, assistant commissioner of the department of education.
Results from the 2007 MAP tests will be released Friday (August 17).
DESE staff have officially notified local school officials that 102 additional buildings and 167 districts will be in the "needs improvement" category for the coming year. In all, the state now has about 200 school buildings that are designated for improvement.
Students in some of the newly designated schools may be entitled to transfer to other schools within their districts, and district officials are required to notify parents as soon as possible about options they may have.
Third of Mo. districts fail federal academic goals
By: Associated Press

Nearly one-third of the state's 524 school districts are not meeting federal education standards.
And, state educators warn the list could grow as government benchmarks become tougher.
The districts learned Monday they've fallen short of the academic goals established under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
They include districts with National Merit Scholars.
Most of the 167 districts on the "improvement list" were cited because specific groups of students, such as those needing special education and those learning English as a second language, fell short on state tests.
The idea behind No Child Left Behind is that if one group of students falls short academically, the whole school falls short.