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Assistant Superintendent-Billy A. Redus

Second Semester for the 2016-17 School Year

As the second semester begins, efforts are being continued by the Lawrence County Prevention Team (LCPT) to reduce students’ exposure and to increase their knowledge of the dangers associated with drug usage and alcohol abuse.  Please assist in this effort by discussing the issue with your child and be available in case he or she has questions.  The greatest positive influence in the world is caring parents.   

Students will again be taking MAP tests during the spring of 2017.  Students will again be taking the tests online.  Currently, building staff and administrators are preparing to provide Classroom Diagnostic Tools to provide additional practice in preparation for the MAP. 

Further information regarding testing windows will be provided as buildings schedule these dates.  Suggestions will be given to parents closer to the administration dates to optimize the testing sessions. 

Please continue to partner with us as we strive to “Ensure That All Students Are Successful Learners.”  As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  You may reach me at (417) 678-3373 (office), (417) 229-0277 (cell), or by email at bredus@aurorar8.org.


Billy A. Redus

Aurora R-VIII School District

Annual Performance Report Results

2015-16 School Year


Congratulations go out to both students and teachers regarding overall achievement on the MAP tests and other areas associated with the Annual Performance Report (APR) and Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) during the 2015-16 school year! 

The APR is part of the overall MSIP 5 process used to distinguish the performance of schools and districts in meaningful ways.  Established in 1990 to act as the State’s accountability system for school districts, it is now in the fifth cycle or revision-MSIP 5.

Aurora R-VIII’s APR, as calculated by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, showed consistent performance regarding the 2015-16 school year.  The District scored at the Accredited Level by achieving 94.3% of the points possible (132 out of 140 points).  This was the same percentage as obtained during the 2014-15 school year.   It was also higher than the average State MSIP 5 score of 90%.

More specific information may be viewed at: https://mcds.dese.mo.gov/guidedinquiry/MSIP%205%20%20State%20Accountability/LEA%20Summary%20for%20Annual%20Performance%20Report%20-%20Public.aspx?rp:Year=2016&rp:District=048914

Key Points Regarding Aurora R-VIII’s APR and MSIP 5 Results for 2016

*Aurora Students earned 55 of 56 points regarding the category, Academic Achievement.

*Aurora Students earned 12.5 of 14 points regarding the category, Subgroup Achievement.

*Aurora Students earned 27 of 30 points regarding the category, College and Career Readiness.

*Aurora Students earned 7.5 of 10 points regarding the category, Attendance.

*Aurora Students earned 30 of 30 points regarding category, Graduation Rate.

The 2015-16 school year was the second year that all 11th grade students were required to participate in an administration of the ACT.  The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests of education development in English, math, reading, and science designed to measure the skills needed for success in first year college coursework.  The reportable participation rate for Aurora R-VIII was 98.5% with an average composite score of 18.9.    

As mentioned previously, students and teachers are the reason for these scores.  They should be praised and honored for their hard work.  Please join with us in congratulating your child or children on these efforts. 

If you have any questions or comments regarding the performance of the District, please call me at 678-3373 or 229-0277.  You may also come by my office located at 201 South Madison or through email bredus@aurorar8.org.

It is very satisfying to see that improvement has been made regarding our mission of “Ensuring all Students are Successful Learners.”




Billy A. Redus