Five southwest Missouri school districts are listed in the top 60 in the 2021 Best School Districts in Missouri list by the group NICHE.com. Ozark R-VI School District comes in at number 17 and Branson R-IV School District is ranked at number 19. Webb City R-VII School District comes in at number 22. Carl Junction R-I School District ranks number 39. McDonald County R-1 School District arrives at number 57.
According to NICH.COM, “The 2021 Best School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more.”