FHSD outperforms many area school districts on state MAP tests

Posted on 01/14/2022
Francis Howell School District Compared to Missouri

In December, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the results of the 2020-2021 Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) and the Francis Howell School District has much to celebrate. While school districts across the state saw a decrease in performance during the pandemic, FHSD students scored higher in many areas than other top-performing school districts in St. Louis and St. Charles counties. 

Among peer and aspirant school districts, FHSD ranked first in math at the 4th, 5th and 6th grade levels; first in English at the 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th grade levels; and first in 8th grade science.

MAP testing for students in all Francis Howell schools takes place annually during the months of April and May. MAP tests are mandated by the state of Missouri and measure student achievement and learning growth in math, reading, language arts and science. MAP tests are also used to determine how schools are performing according to state and federal guidelines and learning standards.

The results offer the first glimpse of student performance across the state since the COVID-19 pandemic began. MAP tests were suspended in 2020 as schools scrambled to find  ways to teach students while dealing with learning disruptions due to illness and/or quarantine, mental health challenges, changing modes of instruction (onsite, virtual, distanced, and hybrid), and limited access to technology.

As expected, Missouri school districts saw a decrease in student performance in 2021 when compared to prior years. In most cases, the pandemic impact was less for districts, like Francis Howell, that were able to offer in-person learning for the majority of the year. 

FHSD continues to outperform the state average in all subjects. 

In addition, FHSD students performed better than many other top-ranked districts in the region. When compared with other local districts, FHSD came out on top in eight subject areas and grade levels. The District scored among the top three districts in 14 of 19 opportunities. Peer and aspirant school districts include Rockwood, Parkway, Orchard Farm, Fort Zumwalt, St. Charles, Wentzville and Pattonville.

 “I am very proud of every student and their parents' dedication to make sure learning is a top priority,” said Superintendent Dr. Nathan Hoven. “We believe giving students the option to be in a face-to-face learning environment the entire school year helped them to be successful. These MAP scores are a testament to our incredibly devoted teachers and students.”

At the February Board of Education meeting the Academic Team will be presenting both the MAP results and the District Winter Benchmark data to the community so we can get a better understanding of how the pandemic impacted student performance. Student score reports were sent to families during the fall semester. You can read more about the MAP test formats, grade-level expectations and how to interpret your child’s scores and achievement levels on the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Assessment web page.

To see how FHSD compares to peer and aspirant school districts use the document below to scroll between grades and subjects. 

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