Oakville High recognized by board for test scores

Staff Report

Oakville Senior High School was recognized last week for its accomplishments on test scores during the 2008-2009 school year.

The Mehlville Board of Education presented the high school with an Outstanding Achievement Award during its regular meeting Sept. 17.

Oakville High made AYP — adequate yearly progress — for 2009 based on Missouri Assessment Program test scores. AYP is determined by the annual proficiency

target, a test score benchmark established by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 that increases each year.

The goal of NCLB is to have 100 percent of U.S. schoolchildren performing at the top two levels — advanced and proficient — on state tests by 2014.

For a school as a whole to make AYP, all of its student subgroups must meet the proficiency targets in both the communication arts and math parts of a state test.

All eight of Oakville High’s student subgroups met that target last school year.

While the 2009 proficiency targets for communication arts and math were 59.2 and 54.1, the high school’s student body scored 76.5 and 71, respectively.

Oakville High also was honored for its 2009 ACT scores. The high school’s composite score rose to 22.6 in 2009 from 21.5 in 2008 — an increase of 1.1 percent. The composite score also exceeded the state average score of 21.6.

In addition, the board congratulated the high school for its three semifinalists and five commended students in the National Merit Scholarship program, as well as its 13 Advanced Placement scholars who demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams.

Several other district schools also made AYP for 2009, including six of its 10 elementary schools: Wohlwend, Trautwein, Rogers, Point, Hagemann and Beasley.

And while the district as a whole did not make AYP, officials said most of the elementary and secondary student subgroups showed improvement in their scores over last year.