Update from Dr. Candice Carter-Oliver regarding 2017 End of Course Results

Good Morning, I wrote you last month that the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) had informed us that the End-of-Course scores for 2017 in Algebra I and English II were not conducted in a way that can give us accurate year-over-year comparisons. As you know, each year Missouri high school students take tests in some key courses to track student achievement. This testing measures student performance in Algebra I, English II, Biology and Government. DESE has been working to create a resolution to this problem and has informed us that 2017 Algebra I and English II data will be removed from the 2017 Annual Performance Report (APR). We can expect the final APR to be released on November 15. The Standard 1 Academic Achievement and Standard 2 Subgroup Achievement will be calculated in a different manner to accommodate this change. In addition to these changes for the 2017 data, DESE is also requiring additional assurances from Questar, the testing vendor, regarding the 2017-18 EOCs. Please read the attached memo for further details. Dr. Candice Carter-Oliver,