Once again, the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Area School District ranks as one of the highest-performing districts in the region and in the top 20 percent of districts in the state of Wisconsin after receiving a rating of “Exceeds Expectations” on the state report card scores. The report cards were just released for the 2018–19 school year.
As part of Wisconsin’s push to a statewide accountability system for school districts, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released school report cards for all schools and districts in the state. Each school earns a score, called an accountability index score, from 0 to 100. The scores evaluate not only the effectiveness of the school district but also hold schools accountable for ensuring students receive the education and skills necessary to be successful in a career or postsecondary institution.
The accountability index score is based on the school’s performance in four priority areas:
• Student achievement in reading and mathematics on state tests
• Student growth measured by improvements in achievement
• Closing gaps in performance between specific student groups (i.e. low-income students or students with disabilities)
• On-track/postsecondary readiness, including graduation or attendance rates, reading and math achievement and ACT participation and performance
In addition, the school report card displays the school’s performance on three areas of student engagement, including state test participation rates in reading and mathematics, absenteeism and student dropout rates.
Based on the performance in the above areas, schools are given one of five ratings—from “Significantly Exceeds Expectations” to “Fails to Meet Expectations.” A five-star rating system is also provided.
It’s important to understand that the 0–100 index is not “percent correct,” so these scores are not representative of letter grades as a student might receive. For example, a school or district that receives an accountability score of 80 should not be considered as earning 80 percent or a “B.” Rather, they received a four-star rating which correlates to a rating of “Exceeds Expectations.”
CWASD received an overall district score of 78.1, “Exceeding Expectations,” according to the scorecard. C-W’s rating places the district in the top 20 percent of K4–12 school districts in the state. Roselawn Elementary received the highest score of the three schools with an impressive 77.3; Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Middle School scored a 75, and the high school scored a 74.4, all “Exceeding Expectations.”
The Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Area School District is one of the very few districts in the state where all schools and the district score landed in the “Exceeds Expectations” area or higher.
“We are very pleased with our recent DPI Accountability Report Card scores,” said District Administrator Mark Johnson. “The results are a tribute to the dedication, hard work and collective responsibility among our students, staff and school families. CWASD has evolved into a perennial high-performing school district with outstanding students and staff leading the way. There is a tremendous sense of gratification when independent ratings validate the work we do on behalf of our students.”
Johnson also noted how fortunate the community is to have such a strong school system.
“A strong and thriving school system plays a critical role in creating strong communities. We are very lucky to have a school system that not only recognizes the importance of a great education but also knows how to provide one. It’s a privilege to live and work in a community that has high-performing schools filled with caring adults. This accomplishment should be celebrated by our students, staff, families and community,” Johnson said.
For additional information regarding the schools’ report cards, visit the DPI website at https://dpi.wi.gov.