Definitions for School Report Card Pages

Note: Most, but not all, of the data included in the building- and district-level report cards are submitted to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education by school districts at different times during the year through the Core Data Collection System.

Accreditation Status. School districts are accredited according to standards set by the State Board of Education. The three levels of accreditation are: Accredited, Provisionally Accredited and Unaccredited.

Preschool enrollment. All children enrolled in any district-sponsored pre-kindergarten, activity, including early childhood special education.

K-12 Enrollment. The number of students in grades K-12 enrolled on the last Wednesday in September.

Attendance rate. The average daily attendance for the regular school term divided by the January membership; or the total hours of student attendance divided by the sum of the total hours of student attendance and total hours of absence for the regular school term.

Free or Reduced-Price Lunch. The percentage of resident pupils who are reported by the district as eligible for free or reduced-price meals on the last Wednesday in January.

Graduation Rate. The quotient of the number of graduates in the current year, as of June 30, divided by: the sum of the number of graduates in the current year as of June 30, plus the number of twelfth-graders who dropped out in the current year, plus the number of eleventh-graders who dropped out in the preceding year, plus the number of tenth-graders who dropped out in the second preceding year, plus the number of ninth-graders who dropped out in the third preceding year.

Dropout Rate. For grades 9-12 the number of dropouts divided by the total of September enrollment, plus transfers in, minus transfers out, minus dropouts, added to September enrollment, then divided by two.

Where Our Graduates Go. The percentage of the previous year’s graduates who are reported as attending a community college, a four-year institution, or a technical school 180 days after graduation.

Placement Rates for Career-Technical Education Students. The percentage of graduates who complete a career-technical education program and are placed in a related occupation or training program 180 days after graduation.

Staffing Ratios. The September enrollment divided by the number of teachers or administrators:

Certification Status of Teachers. The percentage of teachers in the district who have regular teaching certificates; temporary authorization or special assignment certificates; and those with substitute, expired or no certificates. As required by federal law, the percentage of all classes taught by “highly qualified teachers” is reported. A highly qualified teacher is one who: has at least a bachelor’s degree; has demonstrated content expertise by passing a state-approved test or has completed an academic major or coursework equivalent to a major; and who holds full certification for his or her current teaching assignment.

Years of Experience of Professional Staff. The average years of public school experience for all members of the district’s professional staff (Core Data position codes 10-60).

Professional Staff with Advanced Degrees. The percentage of the professional staff (Core Data position codes 10-60) whose highest degree is above a bachelor’s degree.

Average Teacher Salaries. The average regular term (base) salary of teachers (Core Data position code 60) and the average “total” salary (includes extended-contract salary, Career Ladder supplement and extra-duty pay) for teachers in the district. Fringe benefits are not included.

Average Administrator Salaries. The average administrator salary (Core Data position codes 10 and 20). Fringe benefits are not included.

Average Current Expenditures per Pupil. The average current expenditure per pupil, in average daily attendance (ADA), for the district.

Adjusted Tax Rate. Actual tax rates (after rollbacks) levied by the district, for each fund (incidental, teachers, debt service and capital projects), and filed with the county clerk by September 1.

Assessed Valuation. The total assessed property value of the school district minus tax-increment-financed valuation, as of December 31 of the previous calendar year.

Sources of Revenue. The percentage of the district’s total operating budget received from each of these sources:

Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) Results. Summary and detailed results from MAP exams are provided for each school and district. Disaggregated results for various subgroups of students also are provided, as required by federal law.

ACT Results. The percentage of graduates taking the ACT, along with the average composite ACT score. These statistics are provided to DESE by ACT.

Disciplinary Actions. The number of students who are suspended for 10 or more consecutive days and the number of students who are expelled for disciplinary reasons. DESE calculates the rate of these actions, based on the district’s enrollment.

Adequate Yearly Progress. As required by No Child Left Behind, an indication if the school: receives federal Title I funding; achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in the previous year; and if the school has been identified as “in school improvement” or other special status.