Columbia Public Schools reports graduation and dropout rates

1 month 3 days 23 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 3:28:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
By: David Estrada, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA – Students will leave class early on Tuesday as the 2017-2018 Academic Year comes to a close.

The Year in Numbers

Based on the most recent data from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Columbia Public Schools (CPS) closes the academic year with a four-year graduation rate of 90.09 percent, compared to the state rate of 88.88 percent.

In addition, the dropout rate was at 2.6 percent for CPS schools, compared to the Missouri’s 2.0 percent.

CPS spokesperson Michelle Baumstark said those numbers are the result of the work the school district has done regarding student support, interventions for students, and making sure of individualized attention for students to help them succeed academically,

"Every student has individual needs, every student has processes or things that would help them be successful throughout the course of their academic career," Baumstark said.

Compared to the last three years, the four-year graduation rate has remained relatively steady, as has the dropout rate.

Jan Mees, president of the Columbia Board of Education, said the work of the district has to start "from pre-school on up" to maintain graduation and dropout rates at a stable level.

"You have to have children ready to learn, and they have to be helped along the way by instructors who recognize they might need more reading intervention, they might need more math intervention, so that they are continuously tracked, so that they can be on target to graduate in the end," she said.

In 2017 46.2 percent of CPS graduates went into a four-year colleges or universities,  20 percent went into two-year colleges, and 2.6 percent of graduates entered a post-secondary technical institution.

"It's so important that our student receive a high school diploma because it is a pathway to success, whether that be as they move into employment, or as they move on to post-secondary education," Baumstark said.

She said one way the district encourages student to pursue higher education is to pay for students to take the ACT.

"Students who wouldn’t necessarily have considered themselves college-bound or even scholarship-eligible have the opportunity to take the ACT and see where that places them," she said.

Mees said CPS work closely with employers to make sure it is training students for the demands of the workplace.

"We tailor courses or have students take a various coursework to help them get those skills that they might need," she said.

Although composite ACT scores of CPS students have decreased in the last couple of years, from 23.30 in 2014 to 21.70 in 2017, the scores remain higher than the composite ACT score in the state.

New Infrastructure for 2018-2019 Academic Year

Columbia Public Schools will welcome some students with new infrastructure in the fall.

The new elementary school of the district, located in east Columbia, will open in August. About 500 students will take classes in the new building.

"It will replace the current Cedar Ridge, as well as alleviate some of the over-crowding at some of our other elementary schools in that area," Baumstark said.  

She said CPS is getting close to completing construction of the addition to Grant Elementary School.

In addition, CPS will begin two new infrastructure projects.

"The construction of a middle school in south Columbia, as well as looking at classroom addition to the newly named Locust Street Expressive Arts School," Baumstark said.  

Investment in Security

Mees says for the 2018-2019 academic year investment in security will have to be a priority.

"The Board has talked at length about it, part of the bond issue $750,000 was going to more infrastructure and/or security improvement within our school buildings, so that we can make our kids as safe as we can," she said.

More News

Grid
List
TIPTON - Some Tipton residents are working together to run their own hog farm. This is in response to... More >>
6 hours ago Sunday, June 24 2018 Jun 24, 2018 Sunday, June 24, 2018 7:46:00 PM CDT June 24, 2018 in News
BEAVER DAM, Wis. (AP) — Sprint car driver Jason Johnson has died following a crash at Beaver Dam Raceway in... More >>
10 hours ago Sunday, June 24 2018 Jun 24, 2018 Sunday, June 24, 2018 3:52:00 PM CDT June 24, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A 17-year-old from Jefferson City will be competing at the CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin in August.... More >>
11 hours ago Sunday, June 24 2018 Jun 24, 2018 Sunday, June 24, 2018 2:20:00 PM CDT June 24, 2018 in Sports
(CNN) - Partial results in Turkey's snap elections put President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his party in the lead, lifting... More >>
11 hours ago Sunday, June 24 2018 Jun 24, 2018 Sunday, June 24, 2018 1:58:00 PM CDT June 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Bikers Against Child Abuse group met with children to discuss past altercations with abusers in their... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, June 24 2018 Jun 24, 2018 Sunday, June 24, 2018 9:04:00 AM CDT June 24, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Power was restored at approximately 9:00 AM CT Sunday morning for most customers in the affected areas. ... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, June 24 2018 Jun 24, 2018 Sunday, June 24, 2018 8:53:00 AM CDT June 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - MU has saved money and reduced emissions through its long-term energy efficiency programs. The university has reduced... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, June 24 2018 Jun 24, 2018 Sunday, June 24, 2018 8:20:00 AM CDT June 24, 2018 in Top Stories
ST. LOUIS - An attorney is suing a nonprofit group connected to former Gov. Eric Greitens for its records. ... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 9:52:00 PM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Outside a sprawling mall in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, young single men and women walk... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 6:21:17 PM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - One softball player is setting her team up for success before she leaves for college. On Saturday,... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 4:54:00 PM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The discussion on community policing continues to ripple through Columbia after a citywide meeting Saturday. The City... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 3:31:00 PM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police are investigating the shooting death of a man near a house in... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 3:12:00 PM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said she was kicked out of a Virginia restaurant by its owner... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:47:00 PM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — The wife of a former University of Missouri football coach is helping her husband remember the details... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:18:00 PM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Reaching all generations was the goal of one Columbia woman on Saturday. Cheryl Miller is the president... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 1:03:00 PM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - Two teenage boys suffered serious injuries in an ATV accident Friday night, according to the Missouri State... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 9:34:00 AM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A national gathering in St. Louis in September will focus on election security. Missouri... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 7:54:00 AM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
FULTON - The city of Fulton kicked off their annual Street Festival in style Friday with live music, a carnival,... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:23:00 AM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 71°
2am 74°
3am 73°
4am 72°
5am 71°