The state of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released their 2018-19 district report cards, which center on test results in English Language and Math, along with student attendance and graduation numbers.
While there are limits to what these report mechanisms can reveal, they do a good job at identifying success trends and potential learning and service gaps. Let’s take a look at what the data shows:
— The District earned an overall accountability score of “Meets Expectations” for the 2018-2019 school year.
–The District received an overall score of 72.4, which is a slight decrease from the 2017-2018 school year when it received a 74.0.
–All OASD schools, with exception of South Park Middle, meet, exceed, or significantly exceed expectations. South Park Middle just missed the “meets expectations” classification by fewer than three points.
–The District continues to show gains in the area of student growth (how rapidly students are gaining knowledge from one year to the next), where it scored 71.8 out of a possible 100 points, compared to the state average of 66 points.
— “On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness,” was an area in which the overall district outscored the state average 85.2 to 84.2.
–13 schools either exceed or significantly exceed state expectations.
— More than 1/4 of the students in OASD tested below basic proficiency in English Language and Mathematics. Students identifying as Black or African American tested below basic proficiency in English (62%) and Math (64%), nearly three times the overall district level.
— 90.2% of students graduated in 4 years.
— While the 4-year graduation rate for students identifying as Black or African American saw an increased of 6% over the 2016-17 numbers, the 71% rate remains double digits below both the district average and average of students identifying as white.
— 42.2% of district students are from households that are economically disadvantaged. Oaklawn had 60.7% of their students in this category, while Webster Stanley Middle and Washington Elementary both were at 59.7%. 8.3% of students were economically disadvantaged at ALPS and 8.7% at Oakwood Elementary.
— 5.6% of district students participate in English Language Learning classes, programming focused on English Language skills for students who have spoken another primary language.
— 26.7% of Webster Stanley Middle School students have one or more disabilities.
— ALPS scored a 97 overall (out of 100), placing highest in Oshkosh. The school scored 100/100 on both English and Math scores. ALPS has the district’s least number of combined students with disabilities (3.3%), students from economically disadvantaged households (8.3%), and English Language Learners (0%). The school had one of the highest percentages of students identifying as Asian (13.3% compared to 7.1% for the district), and the lowest percentage of students identifying as Black or African American (0%).
Each school within OASD received a report card from the State. The state-issued Accountability Report Cards for schools and districts were released on the DPI website (https://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards) on November 12, 2019, and are organized alphabetically by district name. Serving as an accountability system for schools and districts, the report cards measure each schools’ results of the Wisconsin Forward Exam, along with attendance rate, graduation rate, and performance on ACT Aspire as well as the ACT for high schools. Using numerous formulas and data sources, the state assigns a score and category for each school and district overall. In addition, a score for student achievement, student growth, closing the gaps and postsecondary readiness is given. The intention is for schools to use this information to identify areas for improvement and set goals for the future.
“Each school has a unique climate, culture, and challenge,” explained Conrad. “Schools are more than a single test or number. Each school has classrooms and students that have unique needs and opportunities for growth. With this in mind, the OASD uses assessment scores to help identify areas of strength and need for improvement, so that all students achieve their full potential.”
For more information, please click on the links below from the DPI.
- 2019 DPI Press Release
- 2018-19 Oshkosh Area School District Report Card
- 2018-19 Oshkosh Area School District Report Card and Individual School Report Cards: https://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards
About the OASD: Building community through education. The Oshkosh Area School District is located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, serving 10,000 students and operating 13 elementary schools, five middle schools, two high schools, two charter schools, and an eAcademy. For more information, visit www.oshkosh.k12.wi.us.