Distinction in Performance honor earned by Mehlville School District for 2005-2006

The Mehlville School District has earned the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Distinction in Performance Award for academic achievement and progress during the 2005-2006 school year.

Mehlville is among 235 public school districts in Missouri to earn Distinction in Performance accolades.

Additionally, Mehlville is one of only 11 school districts in St. Louis County that qualified for the award.

“Congratulations to our students for their high achievement scores,” interim Superintendent Jerry Chambers stated in a district news release. “Distinction in Performance is a coveted honor that is sought by every school district in the state of Missouri.

“This impressive achievement also reflects the quality of our teaching staff. I am appreciative of the dedication of countless teachers and staff on a daily basis and out of the limelight of cameras or public attention,” Chambers added. “At times like this, it is gratifying to be able to give credit and attention to these professionals on the Mehlville School District staff … On behalf of the administration and Board of Education, I send our heartfelt appreciation and praise for their hard work and devotion to our students.”

Mehlville has not earned Distinction in Performance since 2003. Before that, the district had earned the Distinction in Performance honor two consecutive years with perfect scores both years.

The Distinction in Performance Award for 2005-2006 is based on 14 academic standards that are now used in the accreditation of K-12 school districts. Before 2005–2006, the award was based on 12 standards.

The criteria were modified this year to reflect changes in the state’s Missouri Assessment Program, or MAP, testing program. A standard also has been added to provide a measure of adequate yearly progress, which is one of the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind act.

To qualify for the Distinction in Performance Award this year, Mehlville had to meet 13 out of 14 standards, including all of the MAP-based measures. Mehlville met all 14 standards and earned the “High Achievement” level of Distinction in Performance. In St. Louis County, only eight school districts met all 14 standards.

Besides MAP scores, other standards are: ACT Scores, Advanced Placement Courses, Career Education Courses, College Placement, Career Education Placement, Graduation Rate, Attendance Rate and Subgroup Achievement.