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Seneca Area School District Earns High Rating on Report Card!

posted Nov 21, 2016, 11:41 AM by David Boland   [ updated Nov 21, 2016, 11:44 AM ]

     According to the 2015-16 school report cards released by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction on November 17, the Seneca Area School District earned a score of 86.2, and a rating of 5 stars, which is the highest rating possible. Based on the star rating, the Seneca Area School District significantly exceeds expectations for educating students.  The score our District received was the highest of all the school districts in CESA #3. 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 87.7, “significantly exceeds expectations” (5 stars). The middle school received a score of 81.5, “exceeds expectations” (4 stars). The high school received a rating of “Alternate Rating, Satisfactory Progress” (the high school rating is different, due to the small number of total students in the high school).

     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. This 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 2015-16 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. Because report cards rely on multiple years of data, the 2015-16 report cards are based on one year each of Badger and Forward exams for grades three through eight and the ACT Plus Writing as well as Dynamic Learning Maps assessments in grades three through eight and grade 11. The third year of data came from the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam and Wisconsin Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities. Using data from three different assessments in calculations, along with other legislated changes, makes comparisons of school and district performance to prior report card ratings inaccurate and inadvisable.

The school report card can be found on the school website at:

The report cards can also be found on the Department of Public Instruction’s Office of Accountability School and District Report Card webpage: