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Parkway Earns Perfect Score on State's Annual Performance Report

Parkway School District has met all 14 performance standards in its 2006 Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Annual Performance Report (APR). Parkway earned a perfect score - 100 out of a possible 100 points - to qualify for the state's "Annual Distinction in Performance Award." The performance measures, recently reviewed by the state, include MAP test scores, graduation rate, attendance rate, college placement and student participation in advanced and vocational courses. To qualify for the state's "Annual Distinction in Performance Award," K-12 districts must meet at least 13 of the 14 performance standards in the report. Some people may be confused as to the difference between APR and AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) that was announced this past September. AYP is a measurement of the federal No Child Left Behind program. In Missouri, AYP is solely based on scores from a state test called the "MAP." The APR is based on multiple measures of student achievement--the MAP, the ACT college entrance exam, the percentage of graduates going on to college, and the percentage of vocational education students who get appropriate placements after high school, etc. The APR is more comprehensive than the AYP and gives a more complete and reliable picture of how a school is doing.