By Doug Miner and Tamara Duncan
Wentzville School District has posted St. Charles County's top score in a new Annual Performance Report from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
The district's score of 96.4 percent out of a possible 100 percent in the new evaluation system was the highest score in St. Charles County and one of the top ten scores in the St. Louis metro area.
That score will earn the District an accreditation status of “Accredited with Distinction”, which would be the seventh consecutive year for that honor.
“These results are further evidence that we have strategically implemented quality curricular programs, and we have a quality staff working with our students to increase achievement,” Interim Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain said in a district press release.
“While this is great news, our work is never done and we will continue to improve in all areas for the benefit of our students,” Cain said.
The new Annual Performance Report (APR) consists of 140 points spread over five main categories: academic achievement (56 points), subgroup achievement (14 points), college and career readiness (30 points), attendance (10 points), and graduation rate (30 points).
A 100 is the perfect score, and only a handful of schools statewide currently achieve it. Only one St. Louis district, Brentwood, reached that mark in the results released earlier this month. Other area districts that came close: Lindbergh, 99.3; Kirkwood, 98.2; Clayton, 98.9; Parkway 99.6.