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Joplin Schools Receive Missouri Annual Performance Review
By Gretchen Bolander
JOPLIN, MO.--- The Joplin School District has seen improvements in its overall performance. It earned an 85%, up from 78.6 last year. There are five major categories that contribute. The graduation rate is strong and attendance numbers improved. It also gauges college and career readiness, where Joplin also did well, and two sets of test scores. The R-8 District saw small gains in social studies along with a 37% increase in literacy.
"Literacy drives everything. If kids can't read and write well, they can't do math and word problems well. They can't perform well on high stakes tests that they can't understand. What is it they're reading, if they can't read the questions well, how can they answer the question," said Dr. C.J. Huff, Joplin R-8 Superintendent.
Dr. Huff adds scores were lower in math and science and improving those will be a focus in the 2014 - 2015 school year. He says the district will also be working for additional gains in literacy and the graduation rate. For more on the report, click here.