educationSometimes the big kid on the block can sit back and take it easy.

As Missouri’s largest school district, Springfield Public Schools (SPS) boasts considerable assets: Successful students, high quality teachers, a supportive community, not to mention innovative programs that pull out the individual strengths of students.

With size comes challenge. Shifting demographics, such as the rising number of students from low-income families, call for a change in the way SPS addresses student performance. Are resources like computers and tablets distributed equally across the district? Are students graduating with the knowledge and skills they need for college or career? And how does the district bridge the achievement gap for students in poverty?

Many of the answers are coming from the district’s change in leadership, the hiring of a new superintendent. Dr. John Jungmann’s “Listening and Learning” tour, conducted in the first few months of his tenure, is providing direction for the district and a foundation for this report.


Increase graduation rate
Strategic partnerships

Achievement and opportunity gaps

The following indicators have been identified as instrumental to the Red Flags and Blue Ribbons listed in this section of the 2015 Community Focus Report. Click on an indicator to learn more about the topic.

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