District to Use Transition Model for Self-Evaluation, Officials Say

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The Festus School District plans to use a new method of self-evaluation called the Transition Model.

Superintendent Robert Taylor said at a recent School Board meeting that the North Central Association of Elementary and Secondary Schools - the accrediting body - was interested in having districts in Missouri use the model and that Festus might be the first to do so.

Robert Sellinger, high school principal, said the model was one of three methods used for evaluation, the others being Standard Ten and Outcome Accredited. The new method involves locating target areas and figuring out how to meet these targets. Festus plans to use the program in its high school.

Sellinger said a steering committee voted to go with the model because its members believed it would have the best effect on students.

The district will come up with entrance and exit goals for high school students and then develop strategies to meet those targets, Sellinger said.

Festus is to undergo self-evaluation until December, at which time a North Central committee will evaluate the district. The visiting team will help the district define its mission statement and targets to be sure the targets are attainable and effective, Sellinger said. …

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