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School District Report Cards Released

posted Dec 5, 2017, 6:03 AM by David Boland


     According to the 2016-17 school report cards released by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction on November 17, the Seneca Area School District earned a score of 78.0, and a rating of 4 stars out of a possible 5. Based on the star rating, the Seneca Area School District Exceeds Expectations for educating students.  Report cards are issued based on four priority areas: student achievement in English language arts and mathematics, student growth, closing gaps between student populations, and measures of readiness for graduation and postsecondary success. 

     The District score is a composite of the three schools making up the District.  Breaking the District scores down by grade levels: The elementary received a score of 85.5, “significantly exceeds expectations” (5 stars). The middle school received a score of 72.8, “meets expectations” (3 stars). The high school received a rating of 57.7, “meets few expectations” (2 stars). We are concerned by the rating received by the high school, and are making great efforts to improve the situation.

     While school and district report cards provide information to the community, they do not represent a full picture of the work happening at a school. Our school continues to provide the best possible educational opportunities for our students by promoting a balance of academics, extra-curricular activities, vocational opportunities, and values. We will continue to emphasize character traits like leadership, self-esteem, achievement, accountability, and strong work ethics in our young people. The District report card reflects the dedication of the students and parents, the quality of the staff, and the commitment of the community towards our school district.

     The 2016-17 report cards underwent major changes that were part of Wisconsin Act 55, the 2015-17 state budget. Those changes include variable weighting to address the impacts of poverty on student achievement, a new model for measuring student growth based on value-added methodology developed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the legislative requirement to change from the Badger Exam offered through the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium to the Forward Exam.  Student performance on the Wisconsin Student Assessment System is the foundation of report cards. This data includes Forward Exam, ACT, and Dynamic Learning Maps in 2015-16 and 2016-17; Badger Exam, ACT, and Dynamic Learning Maps in 2014-15.

The school report card can be found on the school website at: www.seneca.k12.wi.us

The report cards can also be found on the Department of Public Instruction’s Office of Accountability School and District Report Card webpage: http://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards

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