The Washington School District should be saluted for scoring 97.5 points out of a possible 100 on its Annual Performance Report (APR), released by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The score means the district maintains its accredited status. 

Washington also outperformed all other K-12 schools in Franklin County. Sullivan was the next highest with 97.1.

In the areas of academic achievement, the district earned all of the points possible, meaning enough students scored in the proficient or advanced levels, in all four content areas of English Language Arts (ELA), math, science and social studies on the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests. That’s something to be proud of and not easily accomplished.

In college and career readiness, Washington earned 100 percent of the points for a second year in a row, which points to the district’s success in providing strong postsecondary preparation for all students, whether that next step is into the workforce or college.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Judy Straatmann said the district’s high score is a win for students, families and the community as a whole. We agree.

A strong public school system is vital not only for producing the next generation of workers, but also attracting industry and preserving property values. All are important factors for any community to grow and thrive.

Washington has a strong history of both quality public and parochial schools. That’s not always the case in other communities.

Straatmann said the district improved on its score from last year, but work remains to be done to make sure those high marks continue. Programs will continue to be evaluated for their effectiveness, she said, and best practices in education closely monitored.

We salute the district and its leaders on making sure today’s graduates are well-rounded, prepared and ready for future endeavors.