Area school districts “meet expectations”

By Kelsie Hoitomt

GLENWOOD CITY AND BOYCEVILLE — The preliminary school report cards were made available for viewing on October 22 and the Glenwood City and Boyceville school districts both are “meeting expectations”.

These new report cards are issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to rate Wisconsin schools as part of the waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind legislation.

 Each school is given an overall accountability score and rating on a scale of fails to meet expectations to significantly exceeds expectations.

The scores are based on four priority areas including student achievement, student growth, closing gaps and on-track and postsecondary readiness.

The overall accountability ratings and scores are schools that “significantly exceed expectations” have a score of 83-100. Schools that “exceed expectations” have a score of 73-82.9. Schools that “meet expectations” have a score of 63-72.9. Schools that “meet few expectations” have a score of 53-62.9. Schools that “fail to meet expectations” have a score of 0-52.9.

Glenwood City School District

The Glenwood City Elementary school scored the highest in the school district with a score of 72.9 which was just shy of a rating of “exceeds expectations” but was still good for “meets expectations”.

In priority areas, the school scored a 64.3 on student achievement with the state wide average being 66.4. The school scored a 71.5 in student growth with the state average being 67.4, which covers reading and mathematics. The school scored a 67.6 in closing gaps compared to the state average of 65.7. Lastly, the school scored a 88.3 in on-track and postsecondary readiness compared to the state average of 86.7.

The Glenwood City Middle School scored the lowest within the district with a score of 67.4 for a rating of “meets expectations”.

In priority areas, the school scored a 64.8 in student achievement, a 53.8 in student growth, a 61.7 in closing gaps and a 89.4 in on-track and postsecondary readiness.

The Glenwood City High School scored a 67.6 for a rating of “meets expectations” as well.

In priority areas, the school scored a 60.4 in student achievement compared to the state average of 66.5. The school scored a 89.2 for on-track and postsecondary readiness compared to the state average of 82.3, which includes graduation rate, attendance rate, 3rd grade reading achievement, 8th grade mathematics achievement and ACT participation and performance. There were no available results for student growth and closing gaps.

Boyceville School District

The Tiffany Creek Elementary School had a preliminary score of 69.7 for an overall accountability rating of “meets expectations”.

In priority areas, the school scored a 64.2 in student achievement compared to a state average of 66.4. The school scored a 61.9 in student growth compared to a state average of 67.4. The school scored a 66.2 on closing gaps compared to the state average of 65.7 which covers reading achievement gaps, mathematic achievement gaps and graduation rate gaps. Lastly, the school scored a 86.3 for on-track and postsecondary readiness compared to the state average of 86.7.

The Boyceville Middle-High School scored a 68.0 on the preliminary report card for an overall accountability rating of “meets expectations”.

In priority areas, the school scored a 65.6 in student achievement compared to the state average of 66.5. The school scored a 53.7 in student growth which is a combination of reading growth and mathematics growth. The school scored a 68.6 in closing gaps compared to the state average of 68.3. Lastly, the school scored a 84.2 in on-track and postsecondary readiness compared to a state average of 82.3.

The state of Wisconsin issued the 2011-2012 preliminary report cards for 2,118 public schools.

A total of 68 schools “significantly exceeded expectations.” A total of 637 schools “exceeded expectations.”. A total of 906 schools “meet expectations.” A total of 190 schools “meet few expectations” and a total of 76 schools “failed to meet expectations.”

New assessments will begin in Wisconsin for the 2014-2015 school year. Grades three through eight will be assessed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. High schools will be assessed by ACT tests (EXPLORE, PLAN, ACT and WorkKeys).

Also, the permanent report cards are expected to be posted to the Department of Public Instruction website sometime this month.