The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released the Annual Performance Report (APR) data this week for school districts around the state. The Wentzville School District scored 97.5% in the evaluation system, up from 97.1% last year and the highest the District has scored since the state started using the evaluation tool five years ago. The APR is part of the Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP 5), a rigorous evaluation tool for rating the performance of Missouri school districts.
The standard of MSIP 5 measures five areas: Academic Achievement, Subgroup Achievement, College and Career Readiness, Attendance, and Graduation Rate. MSIP 5 is used to distinguish the performance of schools and districts in valid, accurate and meaningful ways so that districts in need of improvement can receive appropriate support and interventions, and high‐performing districts can be recognized as models of excellence.
The District scored a perfect 100% in Academic Achievement, Graduation Rate and College and Career Readiness, but did not receive all possible points in the Subgroup Achievement and Attendance categories.
“With everything we have moving in the WSD over the past year: opening two new schools, our shift to K-6 elementary buildings and changing boundaries, we are very proud of our score. It is a direct reflection of our phenomenal and resilient staff and the work they do with students every day to increase achievement. These results are further evidence that we have strategically implemented quality curricular programs,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “While this is wonderful news, it is also a reminder to our students and their parents about the importance of good attendance. Studies show that children with better attendance have higher achievement, which is why DESE emphasizes this important metric when evaluating school districts. Students must be present to learn and grow.”
Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) scores have also been released, and for the eighth consecutive year, the Wentzville School District has scored in the top 10% of all school districts in the state of Missouri. At the same time, the WSD’s Average Daily Attendance (ADA) spending remains the lowest in St. Charles County at $9,956 and below the state average, providing a high quality education at a low cost.