Editor's Note: An article in last week's issue incorrectly reported the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District's results on recently released state-issued report cards. We regret the error. The correct information follows.
Oak Creek — The Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District scored in the "exceeds expectations" bracket and was 104th out of 424 Wisconsin school districts based on results of recently released state-issued district report cards.
Three schools, Deerfield Elementary, Oak Creek High School and Cedar Hills Elementary went from "meeting expectations" last year to "exceeding expectations" this year. Carollton, Meadowview and Shepard Hills elementary schools remained at "exceeding expectations," the same designation they achieved last year.
Edgewood Elementary, Oak Creek West Middle School and Oak Creek East Middle School scored at "meeting expectations."
The report cards consider outcomes for each school in four priority areas:
· student achievement, measuring student knowledge and skills
· student growth, measuring the annual progress of student knowledge in reading and math
· closing gaps, showing student improvement among student groups and tracking students to graduation
· post-secondary readiness, indicating student success in achieving milestones that predict post-secondary success
The scores for each category are aggregated and put into a 100-point scale, then reported as one of five categories, ranging from "fails to meet expections" to "significantly exceeds expectations."
Last year, four schools received a score of less than 60 out of 100 in the "closing gaps" portion of the report cards, which measures educational gaps that exist for certain subsets of students. Each of those schools have managed to increase their scores by at least 10 points, with two schools scoring 20 points higher than last year.
Six schools scored better overall than last year. They ranged from a 0.7 increase at Carollton Elementary to an 11.8 point increase at Cedar Hills Elementary. Three schools scored worse, with East Middle School and Edgewood Elementary down five points and West Middle school down by 0.1 point.
Eight of the nine district schools, with Edgewood the exception, outscored the state average on this portion of the report card.
The main reason for the score increases were that support staff and teachers constantly had meetings, reviewing what each building's student population needed in terms of development, said Director of Curriculum Chad Evenson.
Evenson said there was also an increase in after-school coaching in both math and reading.
While many schools had an increase in their closing gap scores, Edgewood fell by 24 points. Evenson added that one reason for the score was that the school had many students who fit into two or more subgroups. He added, "For example, if a student is an English Language Learner and has special education needs, a low score is included in the achievement, growth and gaps scores."
The closing gaps section measures how students with learning disabilities, non-white students and impoverished students rate vs. their statewide counterparts. It is one of four sections measured to create the school's overall score.
Achievement scores rise
Student achievement scores measure how students perform on statewide tests. Every school in the district with the exception of the high school scored higher in student achievement than last year. The increases ranged from four points to less than one point. Each school scored between Oak Creek High School's 64.3 to Carollton's 76.9.
Student growth is measured by comparing how much better or worse students are doing on state tests than previous years. Each school scored above the state's average in the category. The high school was not tested.
On-track and postsecondary readiness measures how ready the students are for graduation and life outside of school. All schools scored in the upper 80s or lower 90s and all, save for West Middle, outscored last year.
For more, visit reportcards.dpi.wi.gov.
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