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District makes the grade

The Francis Howell School District earned a 96.8 percent overall score on the Annual Performance Report (APR) recently released by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). FHSD’s score is the highest in St. Charles County and one of the top 10 scores in the St. Louis area.

“We are pleased with the positive gains in our student achievement. Our staff and students have been relentless in their efforts to attain these positive results,” said Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris, the district’s chief academic officer. “We will continue to monitor our student achievement data, implement school improvement plans and maximize staff professional development time to continue on this positive path.”

Now in its second year, the new APR is part of the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) 5, a more rigorous evaluation tool for rating the performance of Missouri School Districts. The APR consists of 140 points spread over five main categories: academic achievement, subgroup achievement, college and career readiness, attendance and graduation rate.

FHSD earned 135.5 of 140 points, not gaining all points for achievement on the MAP test for all students in social studies and for some super subgroups of students in math, language arts, and science.

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