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Although the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) recently changed the Annual Performance Reports (APRs) they issue to public school districts and schools, DESE has issued the reports for many years. APRs assign schools and districts point for their performance across five areas: academic performance, subgroup academic performance, attendance, college and career readiness, and high school graduation.

But how well do those points reflect school performance? This report (available at the link below) correlates APR points per category to the underlying data used to calculate the points. And not surprisingly, the relationships are not that strong. Reporting on school performance is a central duty of state education agencies, and DESE’s effort leaves substantial room for improvement.


About the Author

Susan Pendergrass
Director of Research and Education Policy

Susan Pendergrass was Vice President of Research and Evaluation for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools before joining the Show-Me Institute. Prior to coming to the National Alliance, Susan was a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Education during the Bush administration and a senior research scientist at the National Center for Education Statistics during the Obama administration. She earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University.