Wright City R-II School District celebrates as test scores climb for third straight year

By John Rohlf, Staff Writer
Posted 12/11/23

The Wright City R-II school district in Missouri saw its third straight year of MAP test improvement and posted its best score since 2014.

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Wright City R-II School District celebrates as test scores climb for third straight year


The Wright City R-II School District scored above the state average on over 73 percent of Missouri Assessment Program tests last school year, the district’s second highest mark in the last two decades. 

Wright City R-II Assistant Superintendent Doug Smith reported at last month’s board of education meeting that the district scored above the state average in 14 out of 19 Missouri Assessment Program tests during the 2022-2023 school year. 

This was the district’s highest total since 2014 and their third consecutive year of improvement. 

The district scored above the state average in 11 out of 19 tests in the 2021-2022 school year. 

“We continue to move forward,” Smith said. “That’s three consecutive years of improvement in academic achievement. And we have some really amazing teachers and staff members. I’m just impressed as I walk around and sit in Impact team meetings and go into rooms.” 

Wright City High School led the district with scores above the state average in all five of the Missouri Assessment Program test areas for the second consecutive school year. 

They were tested in Algebra I, Algebra II, English II, Biology and American Government. 

The Algebra I test scores do not include eighth grade students who took the Algebra I End of Course assessment. Those students were counted in the eighth grade scores. 

“I think it’s pretty awesome to say back-to-back years where every tested area is above the state average,” Smith said. 

At West Elementary, students scored above the state average in five out of seven tests. Smith stressed West Elementary is excelling in math, with all three levels scoring double digit MAP Performance Index points above the state average. They also scored above the state average in English Language Arts in both third and fourth grade, with corrective measures in place for fifth grade. 

Smith said Wright City Middle School is trending in the right direction. They scored above the state average in four out of seven MAP tests, their best mark since the 2017-2018 school year. Eighth grade students showed high rates of growth over their seventh grade performance metrics. 

Board member Beth Dean said she is “encouraged by what I’m seeing at the middle school and the direction things are going there…”

Multiple members of the R-II board of education lauded the test scores by the district. Board president Austin Jones noted the challenges the district’s teachers faced the past few years. 

“I appreciate everything everybody’s doing,” Jones said. “Especially the teachers in the classroom. I think they’re coming off of a couple of difficult years in terms of having to wear a mask and stuff like that. And hopefully this flywheel keeps moving, moving forward. So kudos to everybody.”

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