Wright City R-II school district plans focus on college readiness, staff retention

By John Rohlf, Staff Writer
Posted 8/7/23

The Wright City R-II district approved a Continuous School Improvement Plan to help guide decisions through the 2027 academic year.

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Wright City R-II school district plans focus on college readiness, staff retention


The Wright City R-II Board of Education recently approved the district’s Continuous School Improvement Plan, which outlines goals for the district through 2027. 

The Wright City R-II Board of Education voted 6-0 to approve the 2023-2027 Continuous School Improvement Plan. 

The entire document will be revised every five years. 

“Just super excited about it,” Wright City R-II Superintendent Dr. Chris Berger said. “Perhaps with everything that public schools have been through in the last five years, everything from MSIP (Missouri School Improvement Program) stalling, all the chaos at the state board of education with the governor and then through a global pandemic. This has felt like it stalled out.  And it kind of was reminiscent of early in my career when we’d create a five year plan, it went on the shelf and we brought it back out in the fifth year and we checked on it. That’s not our intention moving forward.”

The Board of Education will review the academic performance focus area monthly through the building principals’ reports. The board will receive a full Continuous School Improvement Plan report annually and consider the changes. 

The Continuous School Improvement Plan was developed jointly by a committee of district stakeholders, including board members, district staff, parents, students and community members. The committee consisted of 47 members. 

The plan identifies four main focus areas. The first focus area is academic performance. The district’s goals under the plan for academic performance are to increase the IEP/ELL student cohort achievement, as measured by yearly growth gains on state and local assessments; show yearly growth in reading and literacy as measured in all grades by district and state assessments and to show yearly growth in math and numeracy as measured in all grades by district and state assessments. 

The district’s goals under the college and career readiness focus area is for all students to complete a College and Career Readiness assessment, with 95 percent of students receiving a qualifying score prior to graduation; and for Wright City to achieve a 95 percent graduation rate and 100 percent graduation follow up rate. 

The district’s third focus area is on staff recruitment and retention. The district will strive to retain 85 percent of highly qualified staff each year and increase the number of alumni staff. 

The district’s final focus area is community culture and engagement. They will strive to increase stakeholder participation and engagement as measured annually by the number of participants active in support organizations and committees and improve knowledge of culture and inclusivity efforts as measured by annual parent climate surveys. 

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