Warren County R-III school district has one of Missouri’s biggest APR improvements

By John Rohlf, Staff Writer
Posted 1/26/24

The Warren County R-III District had the seventh largest increase of Missouri school districts in the Annual Performance Review.

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Warren County R-III school district has one of Missouri’s biggest APR improvements


The Warren County R-III School District saw the seventh largest increase in the state among schools with more than 2,500 students in the 2023 version of the Annual Performance Review. 

The district scored a 70.2 percent on the 2023 version of the report. This is a 6 percent increase over the district’s score last year. 

“Larger districts didn’t see as much volatility as smaller districts did when we look at it,” Warren County R-III Superintendent Dr. Gregg Klinginsmith said. “But there is some volatility. So when you kind of pare it down to the larger districts and we had some of the highest increase of scores.”

The district ranked 347th out of 516 schools in 2023, a 13 spot jump from 2022. 

The district scored 48 out of a possible 52 points in the continuous improvement section. They earned 85.4 out of a possible 138 points on performance. 

The district earned a perfect 20 points on their six-year graduation rate. The district received just 17.4 out of a possible 46 points on the growth section. 

“The state has a formula that predicts where kids go,” Klinginsmith said. “So they might predict that kid that scored there is gonna score worse. And so then you’re measured off that prediction or they might measure that this kid is gonna do better. 

“And the big mystery is magical. It is a magical formula that how they come up with that predicted score, they are unable to share it with us. No one knows it. It’s really frustrating. So you have no idea what this predicted score is.”

Klinginsmith also raised concern with how the eighth grade math testing is handled at other school districts. The district’s math scores on the Missouri Assessment Program test have improved each of the past two years but are still 42.5 points behind the state. 

“We assess eighth grade math for just eighth grade math students,” Klinginsmith said. “Our Algebra I students don’t take the eighth grade math test. They take the Algebra I test as they’re supposed to do. I know there are districts in the state that are having their eighth grade Algebra I kids take the eighth grade MAP test. And then when they’re in Algebra II in high school taking the algebra one test. So I know that’s happening. I know it is. So it’s hard to say, oh, we’re not doing great in this. But I know there’s some game playing happening.”

The district’s seventh grade math Missouri Assessment Program scores were 5.2 points above the overall state score.

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