Nov. 22, 2016
Chetek-Weyerhaeuser School District Exceeds Expectations in Latest School Report Cards
The Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Area School District ranked as one of the highest-scoring districts in the region after receiving a rating of “Exceeds Expectations” on the state report card scores. The report cards, which were not distributed for the 2014-2015 school year, were just released for the 2015-2016 school year.
As part of Wisconsin’s push to a statewide accountability system for school districts, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has released school report cards for all schools in the state for a second year. Each school earns a “score,” called an accountability index score, from 0 to 100. This year, each district was also given an overall score. The scores evaluate not only the effectiveness of the school district, but also hold schools accountable for ensuring students receive the education and skills necessary to be successful in a career or post-secondary institution.
The accountability index score is based on the school’s performance in four priority areas:
- Student achievement in reading and mathematics on state tests
- Student growth measured by improvements in achievement
- Closing gaps in performance between specific student groups (i.e. low-income students or students with disabilities.)
On-track/postsecondary readiness, including graduation or attendance rates, reading and math achievement, and ACT participation and performance.
In addition, the school report card displays the school’s performance on three areas of student engagement, including state test participation rates in reading and mathematics, absenteeism and dropout rates.
Based on performance in the above areas, schools are given one of five ratings—from Significantly Exceeds Expectations to Fails to Meet Expectations. CWASD received an overall district score of 77.2, exceeding expectations according to the scorecard. Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Middle School received the highest score of the three schools with an 80. The high school scored a 73.3, and Roselawn received a 72.8.
The overall district score is the highest of the Heart O’ North schools, and only Rice Lake scored higher of districts in Barron County. Both the middle school and high school scores also rank in the top spots in the Heart O’ North. In addition, the district report card score places CWASD in the top 10 (of 39) of school districts in CESA 11.
“The DPI Accountability Report Card scores exemplify the work that goes on each day in our classrooms and schools across the district,” said District Administrator Mark Johnson. “As a district, our staff has worked extremely hard to develop the foundations of a strong academic program, especially in terms of what our students should know and how will teachers know if students learned what was taught. While developing the foundation of the academic program can be a very challenging experience, these report card scores demonstrate that our staff and students have been successful in creating schools where all students can learn at high levels and are provided every opportunity to succeed. Our students, staff, families and community should be very proud to have such a strong school district.”
For additional information regarding the schools’ report card, visit the DPI website at http://reportcards.dpi.wi.gov/.