In a news release from the district, interim Rockwood superintendent Terry Adams said the report had helped identify key areas for improvement and that "we will make every effort to improve our schools to ensure we help all students learn and grow."
Rockwood officials said the report noted strengths, such as its No. 6 ranking among 23 school districts in St. Louis County, and a ranking of 16th overall among Missouri’s 560 reported districts. The report said student performance on state assessments "meets or exceeds the state standard."
Improvement areas, according to the report, is specifically in growth in student performance over time. The district's statement said, "In Rockwood, our focus continues to be on ensuring that every student is making progress and reaching higher levels of achievement."
Read the full text of Rockwood's statement here.
Brentwood was the only district in the St. Louis area to rate a perfect 100 in a new statewide system released last week by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Many St. Louis districts, which for years have touted a perfect 14 on the old system, are seeing greater distinction among schools’ scores.
The new Annual Performance Report (APR) consists of 140 points spread over five main categories: academic achievement (56 points), subgroup achievement (14 points), college and career readiness (30 points), attendance (10 points), and graduation rate (30 points).
A 100 is the perfect score, and only a handful of schools statewide currently achieve it. Other districts that came close: Lindbergh, 99.3; Kirkwood, 98.2; Clayton, 98.9; Parkway 99.6.
See the complete list of scores for Missouri school districts on the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website.
Patch editor Doug Miner contributed to this report.