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District Continues to "Exceed Expectations"

The Shorewood School District continues to "Exceeds Expectations" with scores up in all areas, according to the new district report card data released by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) on September 16. The District improved in all four report card categories, including Student Achievement, Student Growth, Closing Gaps, and On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness. As a result, the District went up 2.3 points in the Overall Accountability Score and Rating, from 79.2 to 81.5, ranking as one of the top districts in the state.

While each of the District's schools earned "Exceeds Expectations" marks this year, Shorewood Intermediate made the biggest gain among the schools, jumping almost two points from 74.4 to 76.3. A large contributing factor to this jump is the increase in SIS Student Growth from 59.5 to 69. Another impressive District highlight includes Lake Bluff's large jump this year in Closing Gaps, from 63.8 to 73.

"We are very pleased that the Shorewood School District improved in all categories on the state report card," Shorewood Superintendent Dr. Marty Lexmond said. "We know that this is a direct result of the hard work from our principals, teachers, aides, students, and parents. Using this new DPI data, we look forward to working with our teachers to focus on individual student needs. While we want our students to perform at the highest levels on state tests, our commitment to educating the whole child means we also know our students are more than test scores. This means we will continue to offer robust art, music, drama, physical education, and world languages programs to deliver on the promise of unique learning experiences for students in Shorewood Schools."

Similar to the School Report Cards, which were released for the first time by the state two years ago, the District Report cards are based upon four main categories:

  • Student Achievement: Proficiency in reading and mathematics on state assessments.
  • Student Growth: Measured by year-to-year improvements in achievement.
  • Closing Gaps in performance between specific student groups (comparing English language learners, low-income students, students with disabilities, and members of a racial or an ethnic group with their peers).
  • On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness is a measurement using reliable predictors of high school graduation and potential post high school success.

Schools and districts are also evaluated on measures of student engagement, including their test participation rates, chronic absenteeism rates, and dropout rates.

For more information about the state report cards, please click here.

Please contact SSD Communications and Advancement Coordinator Katelin Watson at kwatson@shorewood.k12.wi.us with any questions.

Posted by kwatson on Wednesday September, 17, 2014 at 09:50AM
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