APR Affirms Affton’s Commitment To CCR

APR Affirms Affton’s Commitment To College & Career Readiness
Posted on 10/17/2019
APR Affirms Affton’s Commitment To College & Career ReadinessAffton School District’s commitment to preparing all students for success after graduation has been affirmed by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)'s Annual Performance Report (APR). Earning Target status, the highest level possible, in College and Career Readiness, Attendance Rate, and Graduation Rate in 2019 highlights the efforts made and progress achieved by our students, teachers, and schools.

The APR represents a report card on the academic health of Missouri school districts, and our status provides a practical tool for the Board of Education, administrators, and teachers to identify strengths and needs in the district. It’s the accountability system used in Missouri to satisfy federal and state requirements. The APR is comprised of scores for each of the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP 5) Performance Standards: 1) Academic Achievement, 2) Subgroup Achievement, 3) College and Career Readiness, 4) Attendance Rate, and 5) Graduation Rate. 

“Our mission to prepare all students to become capable, curious, and confident learners remains unwavering. While we are proud of the progress we have gained in our APR, there are always areas of growth we can strive to achieve,” said Dr. Travis Bracht, superintendent.  “We also recognize that student achievement should not be measured solely by standardized test scores, but must also include the tools and skills necessary to succeed once our students leave our schools.”

In addition to earning Target status on three future-ready standards of the APR, Affton School District students performed above the state average on both Academic Achievement and Subgroup Achievement as based on Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) scores.

Affton’s strategic plan looks beyond standardized test scores to focus on areas that aren’t measured in the APR. These include innovative teaching and learning, creative problem solving, and social and emotional learning. In fact, Affton is the first school district in the state to measure social and emotional learning (SEL) competency with our students, focusing on the areas of self-efficacy, grit, growth mindset, social awareness, and self-management. SEL is a vital part of a well-rounded education, and positive social and emotional skills are proven to lead to improved attendance, reduced disciplinary incidents, and increased academic achievement.

Noted Dr. Bracht, “As always, we will continue to focus our efforts to help ensure each of our students is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.”
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