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Crocker, Waynesville top area APR school test reports

CROCKER, Mo. (Oct. 27, 2015) — Crocker R-II School Superintendent Gary Doerhoff reported at tonight’s school board meeting that his district has the second-highest APR school testing reports in the Frisco League. The Crocker district’s results of 97.5 are also the highest in Pulaski County, beating out second-highest Waynesville with a score of 96.8.

The Waynesville R-VI School District has more students than all other Pulaski County schools combined and therefore isn’t in the Frisco League, which includes all other K-12 districts in Pulaski County as well as many schools in Texas County to the south and Miller County to the north. The other Frisco League districts are Licking with 98.6, Plato with 97.1, Iberia with 97.1, Laquey with 89.3, Dixon with 88.2, Richland with 87.9, Newburg with 79.6, and Stoutland with 66.8.

Responding to questions from Crocker board members about some of the scores being “embarrassing,” Doerhoff said districts under 70 are at risk of losing accreditation.

In a separate announcement on his district’s test results, also issued today, Waynesville Superintendent Brian Henry said his district’s four-year graduation rate has increased to 90.8 percent, compared to a statewide Missouri graduation rate of 87.8 and a national graduation rate of 81.4.

“Our community should be proud of our overall student achievement,” Henry says. “Our APR scores are among the best in the state.”

Crocker Elementary Principal Theresa Helton said the statistics show Crocker’s math scores are significantly improving for the elementary students. High School Principal Heath Waters said the district is down to only nine students with more than one F.

“That's still too many, but it takes time,” Waters said.

Heath said currently every teacher has a different grading philosophy and students have to figure it out. Instead, Heath said he plans to have a building-wide grading philosophy, due in part to students having to figure out the differences between what each teacher wants for grading.

“We’re getting ready to have a difficult conversation,” Waters said.

In other matters:

  • Board filing dates will begin Dec. 15 and run through Jan 15 with Jeff Curry and Kris York being the two candidates up for re-election.
  • Board members have approved a $500 extra duty stipend for the academic bowl faculty adviser.
  • The board set Nov. 17 as the next board meeting date due to Thanksgiving being the last week of November.
  • Helton said the elementary school is planting 400 red tulips for Red Ribbon Week to remind students to remain drug-free.

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