WGSD Earns 97.2 on Annual Performance Report
This year, the Webster Groves School District earned an overall score of 97.2 on the Annual Performance Report compiled by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The strong performance ensures that WGSD will continue to receive the highest level of accreditation possible from the state.
Superintendent John Simpson said, “While we commend our students for their academic accomplishment on last year’s state standardized test, we remain mindful that it’s only one measure of what students know and are able to do. We will continue our efforts to provide all students with learning opportunities that are challenging, relevant and engaging within a caring environment supportive of their social and emotional needs.”
Because of test changes made by the state, year-to-year comparisons are inappropriate. Over the last five years, Missouri has implemented four different tests over different learning standards in both mathematics and English language arts. In addition, a field test was given last year for science and because of this, the district received no MAP data from DESE.
Overall the district performance was solid. WGSD earned 100 percent of the points possible in the areas of graduation rate, attendance rate and college and career readiness. The district’s ACT composite score was 23.8.
Assistant Superintendent for Learning Kristin Denbow said that the district will continue its focus on each child’s success. The district will look at student achievement through formative and summative assessments, she said, to produce the best results. “Our teachers utilize data and research-based instructional strategies when discussing next steps in their professional learning communities. Our goal is to improve student achievement and instill a love of learning for all.”