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Parkway Earns 'Distinction in Performance'

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced that the Parkway School District has earned the state’s “Distinction in Performance” award for academic progress and achievement during the 2007-08 school year.  Parkway has received this prestigious award for each year since the award’s inception -- eight consecutive years.

The Distinction in Performance award is based on the 14 academic performance standards that are the basis of the state’s accreditation program for all school districts.  The standards are based on scores from the state-mandated MAP tests, graduation rate, attendance, ACT scores, and other indicators.  To qualify for the award this year, K-8 districts had to meet 6 of the 7 performance standards that apply to these districts, including all of those based on the results of MAP tests. K-12 districts had to meet 13 out of 14 standards, including all of the MAP-based measures.

Under the state’s accreditation program, each school district is evaluated at least once every five years.  Since it is based on the same standards as the accreditation program, the Distinction in Performance award provides an annual confirmation of a district’s status and state-level recognition of its overall performance.

In all, 330 school districts – compared to 295 last year – earned the coveted award, which is presented annually by the state education department. Of this year’s recipients, 278 are K-12 districts; 52 are K-8 districts. There are 523 public school districts in the state.

For more information about DESE's Annual Performance Report and the Distinction in Performance award, visit the DESE Web site.