Every school in the Neenah Joint School District maintained its high rankings by meeting or exceeding state expectations in the recently released 2015-16 state report card data from the Department of Public Instruction.
Overall, the District earned a score of 76.9, which exceeds state expectations. Seven of Neenah’s 13 schools were named in the “Significantly Exceeds Expectations” category with Alliance, Clayton, Coolidge, Lakeview, Tullar, Wilson and Horace Mann earning that distinction. Three other schools rated in the “Exceeds Expectations” category with Taft, Roosevelt and Spring Road landing in that category.
Wisconsin School Report Cards were not issued in 2014-15 after being published the previous three years. Schools are graded on four priority areas: student achievement in reading and math assessments, student growth in year-to-year improvements, gap closing between specific student groups and on-track and postsecondary readiness. Overall District report cards also include attendance and graduation data. All Neenah schools have at least met expectations every year the report cards have been issued. The seven schools significantly exceeding expectations are the most Neenah has had in a single year.
Each public school is graded on a 0 to 100 scale and it should be noted these scores are not a “percent correct” measurement. Alliance had Neenah’s highest score at 94.0 and Tullar had a 93.3 score. Wilson posted an 87.6, Horace Mann rated at 86.1, Lakeview had an 85.1, Coolidge posted an 83.4 and Clayton rated at 83.0.
Of schools that exceeded expectations, Taft had a 79.2 score, Roosevelt totaled a 76.5 and Spring Road rated at 75.7. Shattuck met expectations at 71.6 along with Hoover at 66.4 and Neenah High School at 65.1
Schools and districts are also evaluated on their level of student engagement through test participation rates, chronic absenteeism rates, and dropout rates when applicable. Many school and district scores changed as compared to the last report card based on changes required by the legislature. The changes include a weighting formula to account for poverty when priority area scores are combined into the overall score; a new method of calculating student growth; and the use of Forward Exam data, the third state test in three years. These changes impacted all schools and districts in the state.
Each school’s report card may be accessed through the Department of Public Instruction website by clicking here: http://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards