Schools receive annual state report cards

DPI says all Oconto County schools meet or exceed expectations
By: 
Warren Bluhm
Oconto County Times Herald Editor

MADISON — Oconto County schools, like most public and private schools and public school districts in the state, continue to have a high rate of meeting expectations on state report cards remains high.

According to last week’s Department of Public Instruction release of state report cards issued for the 2018-19 school year, overall 87 percent of rated schools met or exceeded expectations as did 96 percent of the state’s 421 public school districts.

This is the fourth year the report cards used legislatively required calculations, which measure expectations on a 0-100 scale. Scores of 0-52.9 fail to meet expectations; 53-62.9 meet few expectations; 63-72.9 meet expectations; 73-82.9 exceed expectations 73-82.9; and 83-100 significantly exceed expectations.

Scores are calculated in four priority areas: student achievement; school growth; closing gaps between student groups; and measures of students being on-track for postsecondary readiness, which includes graduation and attendance rates, third-grade English language arts achievement, and eighth-grade mathematics achievement.

Here is a glance at how local districts fared. The statistics for each school and school district amount to about 10 pages each and can be accessed at https://apps2.dpi.wi.gov/reportcards/home.

GILLETT

The report card for the Gillett School District provided a good news/bad news snapshot. Overall the district received a 71.3 rating indicating it meets expectations.

The Elementary School’s 74.3 rating exceeds expectations, and the Middle School’s 84.4 rating puts it in the five-star “significantly exceeds expectations” category.

But the high school rating of 55.4 is the lowest of any high school serving Oconto County. A lack of school growth appears to be the trouble: Gillett High School’s measurement of English Language Arts growth was only 1.7 on a scale of 0-50, and mathematics growth was 12.1.

LENA

The Lena School District’s 65.9 rating meets expectations, led by a 79.8 rating for the Elementary School that exceeds expectations.

The Middle School earned a 62.6 (meets few expectations) and the High School 64.7 (meets expectations).

OCONTO

The overall district score for Oconto was 73.2, just into “exceeds expectations” territory. Both the Elementary School (78.4) and Middle School (77.1) exceed expectations, while the High School (65.7) meets expectations.

The charter middle school Bayshore Community Academy, with an enrollment of 73 students, led all local schools with a 95.0 rating, which significantly exceeds expectations.

Oconto also has a smaller school, NEW Learning Academy, which at 35 students has an enrollment too small for a measured rating but was said to have made “satisfactory progress.”

OCONTO FALLS

The district meets expectations with a 68.0 rating. Abrams Elementary School (78.5) exceeds expectations with the highest rating among the district’s schools; Oconto Falls Elementary School (72.6) fell just shy of the “exceeds expectations” mark.

Washington Middle School (68.5) meets expectations, and Oconto Falls High School (74.2) exceeds expectations.

The district’s smaller schools – Falls Alternative Learning Site (14 students) and New Path (10 students) – both made satisfactory progress.

PULASKI

The largest school district serving at least part of Oconto County had the highest overall rating of 78.4. Four of its five elementary schools exceed or significantly exceed expectations – Hillcrest (83.5), Lannoye (81.6), Sunnyside (77.6) and Glenbrook (73.6) – while Fairview Elementary (72.1) is toward the high end of the “meets expectations” range.

Both the Middle (75.4) and High (79.0) schools are said to exceed expectations.

SURING

Suring Public School District had a 73.8 rating to exceed expectations. The Elementary School, which is listed as serving kindergarten through eighth grade and therefor includes Suring Junior High, meets expectations with a 71.0 rating.

The High School rating of 77.2 (exceeds expectations) came with an asterisk because it represents an increase of nearly 20 points from last year’s 58.3 mark. The DPI considers a jump of 10 or more points to be “outliers” that may not reflect the actual magnitude of the change in performance.

“Careful and cautious review of the report card and all supplemental pages is recommended,” the DPI said.