The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) uses formal assessment data to monitor student progress and program effectiveness. FHSD administers standardized tests to monitor progress in general academic achievement and to measure the effectiveness of district programs. Additionally, FHSD has developed local assessments to provide practice for the Missouri Assessment Plan (MAP), End of Course (EOC) and to assess areas not measured by the MAP.
FHSD believes that the core purpose of assessment is to enhance student learning. Formal assessments are administered to benefit students both directly and indirectly. These assessments benefit students directly when they document individual achievement and progress, and when they identify specific areas of academic strength and weakness. Indirect benefits are obtained when formal assessment data are used to revise and improve educational programs. This data also provides educators with information about instructional effectiveness in relation to student learning.
Students will have opportunities to demonstrate what they know and can do on various standardized tests throughout their years in the district. These formal assessments provide a “snapshot” of student performance at a given place and time. To complete the picture of student progress, daily ongoing assessment, embedded in the teaching process and used to provide regular feedback, will also be conducted as an essential means to enhance student learning.
The ACT is one of America's most widely accepted college entrance exam. It assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. In the 2014-15 school year, Francis Howell School District began participating in the ACT Statewide Test Administration. ACT administration will be required for all juniors, unless participation is excluded in a student's IEP. Statewide administration results in an official ACT score and students will be able to designate colleges or universities to receive their scores.
The ACT was administered on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016.
DESE requires the MAP End of Course (EOC) Assessments for Algebra I, English II, Biology I, and Government. These assessments will be given to students enrolled in the courses teaching similar content and skills.These tests are not specific to any grade level, but rather to course content. Students taking Algebra I, Geometry or Algebra II in middle school will take the EOC exam for that course while they are enrolled in the course.
The state provided testing window this spring is February 22, 2016 - May 27, 2016. Each school will set their testing window and will share this schedule once finalized.
Learn more about End of Course Exams.
Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) Testing
April 4 – May 27, 2016 is the Grade Level Assessment testing window provided by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Your child’s building will set their own schedule and will communicate details with parents of participating students. The Grade Level Assessments are given in grades 3-8 in Mathematics and English Language Arts and in grades 5 and 8 in Science. These tests will again be given online.
Learn more about MAP Testing