Falls receives good news on its report card

All schools are exceeding expectations for student achievement

Oct. 26, 2012

Menomonee Falls - All six schools in the Menomonee Falls School District are exceeding expectations, according to the new school report card system that measures five areas of student achievement.

The new school report cards released last week are part of the accountability system that is meant to gauge and improve student achievement and school performance. The 2012-2013 school year is the first time it is being used and applies to all public schools.

There are five categories on a 100-point scale. The lowest category is "fails to meet expectations" and the highest "significantly exceeds expectations," according to the Department of Public Instruction.

"We were pleased that all of the schools fell in the 'exceeding expectations' category. For the last couple of years, the schools have worked hard together to make sure they are doing alignment of curriculum work across buildings and working on intervention times across buildings," Superintendent Patricia Greco said.

The report card results, she said, are proof of how the leadership teams have been working together between buildings to align the curriculum with the state.

A report card has been prepared for every public school in the state. It measures a school's performance using a variety of methods, such as student test scores. Student achievement, student growth, closing gaps, on-track and postsecondary readiness, and student engagement indicators are the five measured areas in each public school, according to DPI.

Though each public school in Menomonee Falls landed in the "exceeds expectations" category, Valley View Elementary scored the highest at 81.

A major element of the new school report card system is a change in standardized testing. The state is phasing out the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam and replacing it with a new test with international standards called the National Assessment of Educational Progress. This means student test results are going to be different for schools and may appear lower.

This, Greco said, does not mean students are any less smart, it is simply a different measurement; therefore the results are different.

"The scale has changed," she said.

Mailers have been sent out to all families in the district explaining the new testing format.

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