School district gets high marks

Scored above state average in all four tested areas; elementary earned the highest rating of three schools
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Cedar Grove-Belgium School District is high performing, according to the state’s report card system.

The district for 2017-18 received a score of 80.6, which falls in the Exceeds Expectations category, the second highest of five levels.

It scored above the state average in all four of the report card’s areas of accountability.

Cedar Grove-Belgium received a 76.5 in Student Achievement (state average 63); 67 in District Growth (66); 83.5 in Closing Gaps (67.9) and 90.2 in On-track and Postsecondary Readiness (84.9).

A summary of the categories are:

Student Achievement — performance on the state reading and mathematics tests.

District Growth — improvement over time on the state reading and mathematics tests.

Closing Gaps — progress of student subgroups in closing gaps in reading and mathematics performance and/or graduation rates.

On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness — performance on key indicators of readiness for graduation and postsecondary pursuits, whether college or career.

The scores, Supt. Jeanne Courneene said in a report to the School Board last month, represent “the tireless work of our teachers and the leadership from administrators in terms of academic expectations, support systems and outcomes being sought."

The district’s score put it near the top of districts in the Big East Conference and the area.

Each school received its own score. The elementary school received an 88.4, which falls in the top category, Significantly Exceeds Expectations. It’s the third straight year the school has reached that level.

The middle school received a score of 77.2 and the high school 77.3, both in the Exceeds Expectations level.

Three of the four private high schools in the Big East didn’t have a score. Sheboygan Christian received a 74.5.

The district identified several areas to address from the report card results, including math and English language arts achievement in subgroups such as students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged students and English learners, and growth in both subjects. In English language arts, the district was below the state average by 1.9 points, and in math it was above the state average by 2.9 points.

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