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Charleston R-1 puts the focus on the future

Sunday, October 2, 2011

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Tony Watkins
CHARLESTON -- For over a decade, Charleston R-1 School District has struggled to find the pieces to its academic puzzle.

But through these years, many pieces have been located and are starting to fit together and form a clearer picture of the district.

The Charleston R-1 School District learned on Sept. 20 its classification status was upgraded from provisionally accredited to fully accredited by the state Board of Education.

"Historically, we've had spikes or a 'saw blade' in our achievement pattern from year to year," said Superintendent Tony Watkins. "Now we're working to put more of the pieces together."

The district has spent over 15 years going back and forth between being provisionally accredited and fully accredited, Watkins noted.

The State Board accredits Missouri school districts through the "Missouri School Improvement Program," a program administered to evaluate school improvement on both state and federal accountability data.

The Annual Performance Report serves as the report card on how well school districts are meeting state standards for academic performance. To be fully accredited, school districts must meet at least nine of 14 APR accreditation standards which include items such as curriculum, state assessment scores, ACT scores, attendance, graduation rates and other academic indicators.

Charleston met 12 of the 14 standards in 2011 which is the highest achievement level gained under the current classification system. Nine of the 14 indicators pertain to the high school, Watkins noted.

By comparison, the district met eight indicators in 2008 and 2010; nine in 2007; and 10 in 2006 and 2009.

In addition, Charleston met the improvement threshold of Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, on the 2011 state assessments in eight of 10 student subgroups compared to zero of 10 in 2010.

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