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Nov 17: District "Meets Expectations" on DPI Report Cards

SPAPSD Parents and Guardians,

We have had a wonderful start to the year at schools across our District! As a learning community, we are continually looking to improve the educational experience and the opportunities we provide students to achieve success. One measure that we use to reflect on the strengths of the district and areas for improvement are the DPI State Report Cards. 

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is required by state statute (Wis. Stat. 115.385) to generate a school report card and district report card for every publicly funded school and district in the state. The report cards are intended to help schools and districts use performance data to celebrate successes and improve their efforts to prepare students for their futures. These public report cards can be found online at: http://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards.

The current school report card is primarily based on last year’s performance during the 2020-21 school year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DPI encourages caution when interpreting scores and ratings on the 2020-21 report cards.

At the foundation of the report cards are four priority areas. Schools and districts receive a score for each priority area:

  • Achievement - proficiency in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics on the annual state assessments
  • Growth - year-to-year progress in ELA and math achievement
  • Target Group Outcomes - outcomes for students with the lowest test scores: the Target Group.
  • On-Track to Graduation - reliable predictors of how successfully students are progressing toward completing their K-12 education.

The priority area scores are aggregated into an overall accountability score, from 0 to 100. This score is displayed on the front page of the school or district report cards. It is important to note that the 0 to 100 accountability score is not a “percent correct” measurement. Based on its score, a school or district receives one of five rating categories, from Fails to Meet Expectations to Significantly Exceeds Expectations, as well as corresponding one to five stars.

When reviewing school and District scores, we found the following insights in each of the four priority area scores:

  • Students scored above the state average in subject area scores for English Language Arts (ELA [+3.2]) and Math (+3.4).  These areas are used to determine the overall achievement score for the District of 63.7. 
  • The District exceeds the state average on-track to graduation measures which include chronic absenteeism (-.01), graduation (+2.5), 3rd grade ELA (+2.6), and 8th grade mathematics (+2.3) for a score of 84.3. 
  • Projected year over year progress in ELA and math achievement did not grow for all students as predicted and did not grow at a rate we would expect for target group outcomes. While these are not surprising results given the changes in the educational landscape during the testing window, interventions and programs targeted to address growth and achievement as we return to a more traditional school setting have been implemented and are being closely monitored. 
  • Overall the Stevens Point Area Public School district Meets Expectations with a score of 66.8. Ten (10) schools exceed expectations, 1 school meets expectations, 2 schools meet few expectations, and 0 fail to meet expectations.

I want to share these results with you because they help illuminate some of our successes and help pinpoint areas of focus in our district. As DPI stresses, these report cards are just one source of information about our school. We are continually monitoring student progress throughout the year and we are proud of the student growth and achievement we are already seeing in the 2021-22 school year.  

School and district report cards can be accessed online at http://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards along with resources that explain how scores are calculated, measured, and reported. 

I have included the report card for our district here as well and all school report cards are posted on the District website

Please let me know your thoughts and questions as they arise and thank you for choosing us as your partner in your child’s education.  I look forward to working together to make 2021-22 a successful school year for your student!

Sincerely,

Craig Gerlach, Ed.S
Superintendent of Schools


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