For the past two years, I have focused this month’s article in the newsletter on school and district report cards; this month will unfortunately not contain any information on our students’ collective academic achievement due to the fact that there was legislation adopted as part of the biennial budget that prohibits the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) from developing and disseminating school report cards with information from the State-wide testing that occurred last year (14-15). This is unfortunate because one of our measures of success and improvement is based on our performance as illustrated on these report cards over time; as you may remember, we saw significant improvement from 12-13 to 13-14 and we hoped to see similar results into 14-15. The primary reason for this is the fact that the legislature did away with the Badger exam which was administered last year only to students in grades 3 through 8. Students in grades 3 through 8 this year will take yet another State-wide assessment now referred to as the Wisconsin Forward Exam; this exam will be web based and will test students in the content areas of math, reading, science, and social studies this spring. With that said, I wanted our parents and community members to be aware of the fact that district personnel will nonetheless evaluate the testing data that we have to ensure that our educational and academic programming continue to improve. The district does have access to individual student performance as well as grade level performance data that we can analyze to determine progress- there will however be no school report cards issued publicly.
Lastly, it is worth mentioning that these changes are as a result of adopted legislation and are NOT by the choice of our district or the DPI; I feel it is important to be aware of our performance as an organization and we will do our best to ensure that we are continuously improving regardless of what the legislature has in store for us. Thank you all for your support.
For more information regarding the Wisconsin Forward Exam, please visit: http://oea.dpi.wi.gov/assessment/forward
As always, please feel free to contact me at any time.
Craig G. Broeren
715-537-5612 ext. 402