New data show Mission Valley and Indian Hills both outpace state and district in reading and writing

A graph summarizing Indian Hills students' performance on the Kansas reading assessment. The data from Indian Hills is in the top bar. Source: KSDE.

The Kansas Department of Education is celebrating the release of this year’s school assessment data, which shows a remarkable improvement in reading and math scores across the state over the past decade.

But some of that good news might not have local parents celebrating. Figures show that both Mission Valley and Indian Hills middle schools are producing students who perform significantly better than their peers across the state and even within the Shawnee Mission School District, prompting questions about what impact combining the schools might have on student achievement.

According to the most recent assessment data, 97.8 percent of Indian Hills and 96.9 percent of Mission Valley 7th graders met the state standard for reading proficiency. That compares with 90.5 percent of 7th graders in Shawnee Mission, and 87.8 percent in the state.

Moreover, fully 61.1 percent of Indian Hills and 56 percent of Mission Valley 7th graders met the state’s definition for “exemplary” performance on the reading assessment. Just 34.2 percent of 7th graders in the state achieved that classification, and 45 percent of 7th graders in the district.

The story is roughly the same on the math assessments. Indian Hills and Mission Valley surpassed the state and district in the percent of students who met the standard, and both had significantly more “exemplary” students than the state and district levels.

For access to customized reports on Mission Valley and Indian Hills, visit the Kansas Department of Education’s Report Card Web site.