SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- (11/15/2017) Springfield Public Schools have much to celebrate, after their 5th annual performance report highlighted the districts progress in graduation rates, college and career preparations and their English Language Arts program.
"Those are three major pillars of what we do at Springfield Public Schools, and we're really proud of the points we're earning in those areas," said Dr. Mike Dawson, the Chief Learning Officer with SPS.
Over the past year, SPS has also increased their student placement rates into higher education and employment with almost 91% of their 2016 grads finding success after leaving school.
While Springfield Public Schools received high marks in many areas, they said that there's always ways that they can improve. That's why in the coming months they'll be focusing their attention on the areas where they didn't score as highly in order to give their students the best learning experience possible.
With their lowest scores coming from students' math performance, the district has already formulated their plan of attack for how they plan to improve.
"We know that math instruction is still an area that we need to seek some improvement, but we're really excited to see what's happening with project based learning and some hands on activities and really reinforcing some of those mathematical concepts," said Dawson.
In order to combat the downward trend in mathematics, SPS has started an after school tutoring program called Club Encore which serves to benefit students struggling in both reading and math. Although the program is still in its early stages, the district has already seen tremendous success.
"Last year we had about 800 students in there, this year we have 2,000. Last year we collected about 17,000 hours of tutoring, this year already we're at 40,000 hours of tutoring so we've used this data in the past to help redesign programming to keep kids engaged," Dawson said.
With high ambitions and big plans to help students and teachers succeed, Springfield Public Schools says they will continue to work towards improving and excelling in all areas.