(Beaver Dam) The State Department of Public Instruction is releasing its report cards for every public school district today. The report card measures four priority areas. One is post-secondary education readiness and the other three relate specifically in reading and math: student achievement, student growth and closing achievement gaps between all demographic groups.
Two Beaver Dam elementary schools scored in the top category of Significantly Exceeding State Expectations: Lincoln and Prairie View. Three Beaver Dam elementary schools Exceed Expectations: South Beaver Dam, Washington and Wilson. The Beaver Dam High School, Don Smith Learning Academy and Jefferson Elementary all Meet State Expectations. The overall district grade has increased slightly staying within the Meets Expectations category.
Beaver Dam Superintendent Mark DiStefano says overall he is pleased with the report card but would like to see larger improvements in the future. “And I am confident that we will,” DiStefano says.
The Beaver Dam Middle School remains in the category of Meeting Few Expectations. DiStefano says after much reflection and discussion there were improvements in the middle school’s overall grade though still not to an acceptable level. He says there has been administrative changes in the middle school this year along with ongoing discussion of structural changes in the school day to support more rigorous curricular efforts to make sure the work being done at the middle school accurately reflects the talents of staff and students.
School officials note that this will be the first year that three years of student data is comprised from the Forward Exam, ACT Aspire, or the ACT, depending on student grade level. The state is still working on implementing several additional measures on the report cards starting in 2019. Officials says that is making it a challenge for districts and teachers to adjust curriculum, instruction, and internal assessments.