Wright City R-II sees another significant improvement in its APR scores

By John Rohlf, Record Correspondent
Posted 2/21/24

The Wright City R-II school district in Missouri saw another significant improvement in its annual performance report.

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Wright City R-II sees another significant improvement in its APR scores


One year after coming in the top 29 percent of the state in their Annual Performance report score in 2022, the Wright City R-II School District scored even higher on the 2023 report. 

The Wright City R-II School District scored 82.7 percent on the latest version of the Annual Performance Report. This is an improvement from their 81.9 percent score during the 2022 scores. The district earned 158.9 out of a possible 192 points. They scored 50 out of a possible 52 points on continuous improvement. They scored 108.9 out of 140 points on performance. 

“Our teachers, administrators, students have done really amazing work,” Wright City R-II Assistant Superintendent Doug Smith said. “I just want to thank them. I really and truly hope that our community understands this and that we can communicate to them the kind of job that we do here. The kids who come to the Wright City School District get a really terrific education…”

The district is ranked 132nd in the state out of 553 school districts, which puts them in the top 24 percent of the state. Smith said a majority of the schools who scored above Wright City have minimal diversity, are wealthy or are K-8 schools. 

The district’s highest performing school was the high school, which scored an 82.8 percent despite getting zero out of four possible points on continuous improvement. They earned 119.3 out of 140 points on performance, which was a rate over 85 percent. 

“What Wright City high school has done for our APR and what Mr. Brooks and his team have continued to do is truly consistent and awesome performance,” Smith said. “And I hope that everyone appreciates what our high school kids are getting out of that experience. Because we continue to be really strong. And we weren't just first in the EMO Conference by a little. It was a lot.” 

Wright City Middle School earned a 70.4 percent score on their 2023 Annual Performance Report. Smith noted the middle school’s score was around 50 percent in 2022. 

“I think we see some significant improvements over last year,” Smith said. “We have the systems, administrators and teachers in place to continue that. I have every faith in that. And I'm really proud of that group of teachers and a great deal of hard work and effort went into that.”

East Elementary achieved a 75 percent score on the APR. West Elementary scored at 53.7 percent. 

As a district, Wright City R-II ranked second in the EMO conference. They trailed only Bowling Green, who achieved an APR percentage of 84.2. Wright City R-II was ninth in the EMO conference in 2019. 

“Doug has led this out completely,” Wright City R-II Superintendent Dr. Chris Berger said. “He's visible on our impact teams. Our impact teams are what make a difference on this. And he is our instructional leader. So Doug, I greatly appreciate your efforts for our kids and those are my kids, my personal kids too. So thank you very much Mr Smith.”

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