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Thayer, Alton schools accredited with distinction in performance

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Among Oregon County's four public school districts, two --Alton and Thayer -- were accredited with distinction in performance by the state.

"I can't say enough about that," Alton Schools Superintendent Sheila Wheeler, an Alton alumni, said. "I am just so proud of our community and students."

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the 2011 preliminary Annual Performance Reports (APR) last month.

14 areas examined

The APR is an evaluation tool that focuses on 14 areas in school performance. Six of those areas are related to the Missouri Assessment Program, or MAP scores from springtime tests.

The other performance areas include ACT scores, numbers of students taking advanced and career education courses, college and career placement, graduation and attendance rates.

The APR examines many performance areas of a school's progress and is the major factor in determining the accreditation level of a school district.

Thayer received all 14 points, earning the district the highest mark for 2011.

Six years in a row

Thayer has been accredited with distinction each of the past six years.

"This shows the level of dedication of our teachers, staff, students and parents," Thayer Schools Superintendent Dan Chappell said.

Alton received 14 points on its annual report by using a bonus point. The district met all performance areas related to the MAP tests, and earned two bonus points on the MAP standards.

Alton used one of the bonus points to meet the attendance rate standard, the only performance standard the district did not meet.

No explaination

Couch Schools Superintendent Tom Bull said the state has not explain why Couch was not accredited with distinction again, as the district also earned all 14 points.

The only area the district slipped in was math scores, Bull said.

Couch was accredited with distinction in performance for the previous five years.

Alton earned the high mark in 2003, 2004, 2008, 2010 and 2011.

Oregon-Howell School District in Koshkonong did not meet the point goal.

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