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Francis Howell, Fort Zumwalt ‘school district report cards’ show excellence 

By: Ellen Lampe


The Francis Howell and Fort Zumwalt school districts both have received excellent report cards this year. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education [DESE] released its 2017 Annual Performance Report [APR] data for school districts around the state. Francis Howell and Fort Zumwalt received identical scores, 99.3 percent. The Missouri School Improvement Plan [MSIP 5] is the state’s school accountability system for reviewing and accrediting public school districts in Missouri. The MSIP 5 is used to calculate APR scores.

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, like Fort Zumwalt and Francis Howell, can be recognized as models of excellence.

To learn more about the DESE’s findings, visit mcds.dese.mo.gov.

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