Every school in the Neenah Joint School District maintained its high rankings by meeting or exceeding state expectations in the recently released 2013-14 state report card data from the Department of Public Instruction.
Each of Neenah’s 12 schools scored the same ranking as the previous year with eight schools exceeding expectations and four meeting expectations. Alliance Charter Elementary scored the District’s highest ranking by significantly exceeding expectations for the third straight year. A District report card was also issued and Neenah’s schools met state expectations.
This is the third year of the Wisconsin School Report Cards. 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.
“We’re proud to have every school in our District continuing to post high scores on the state report cards,” Superintendent Dr. Mary Pfeiffer said. “These scores are important, but they are also only one measure of the great things happening in our schools every day.”
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 the highest score in the District at 87.6 percent, while Clayton Elementary exceeded expectations with a score of 79.6, which was an increase of 3.5 points over 2012-13. Coolidge Elementary, Hoover Elementary, Lakeview Elementary, Neenah High School, Roosevelt Elementary and Tullar Elementary also exceeded expectations with scores over 73.0.
Schools that met state expectations were Horace Mann Middle School, Shattuck Middle School, Spring Road Elementary and Wilson Elementary. Every Neenah school scored higher than a 68.0 with state expectations set at 65.0.
The report cards are one part of a statewide accountability system for schools that help schools and district identify strengths and continue to address challenges.