Success Breeds Success, Student Scores Remain Strong on the 2013-14 Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam (WKCE)
The School District of Janesville continues to post positive results when compared to the state average. Cumulatively for math, the School District of Janesville scored 7 percentage points above the state average. Specifically, grade five scored 11 points above the state in math, and grades three and six each scored 6 percentage points above the state. Overall for reading, the School District of Janesville scored 4 percentage points above the state average. Specifically, grade three scored 7 percentage points above the state in reading, with an improvement of 6 percentage points from 2012-13.
Only students in grades four, eight, and ten are tested in language, science and social studies. All grade levels tested in these areas in the School District of Janesville are meeting or exceeding the state. On average, social studies exceeded the state average by 3.6 percentage points; science by 1 percentage point and language arts by 1 percentage point. Social Studies showed the most improvement from last year with grade four improving 7 percentage points, and grade ten improving 4 percentage points.
SCHOOL COMPARISONS TO THE STATE AVERAGE:
All three middle schools met or exceeded the state average in reading and math in grades six and seven; all three middle schools met or exceeded the state in math in grade eight. Craig High School scored above the state average in both reading and math. Parker tied the state in reading, and fell below the state in math by only one point. Elementary schools that scored above the state in both reading and math for grades three through five include the following: Harrison (average of 22% above), Monroe (average of 18% above), and Roosevelt (average of 22% above). Madison and Kennedy both scored above the state in math, in grades three through five. Wilson Elementary scored 16% above the state in grade three reading, and 15% above the state in grade three math.
NOTABLE IMPROVEMENTS – READING AND MATH:
Other notable improvements in the district when comparing current scores (2013) to previous scores (2012) occurred at the following schools:
· Marshall Middle School showed 3% improvement in both 6th grade and 7th grade reading.
· Franklin Middle School showed a 4% improvement in reading for grade eight.
· Wilson improved in every grade in math, and grades 3 and 5 in reading. Most notably, third grade reading improved 38% and third grade math improved 21%.
· Craig High School improved in reading by 4%.
Improvements in the district when comparing current scores (2013) to previous scores (2012) occurred at the following elementary schools:
Grade 3 Reading: Jefferson, Kennedy, Lincoln, Madison, Roosevelt, Washington, Wilson
Grade 4 Reading: Harrison, Monroe, Roosevelt, Van Buren, Wilson
Grade 5 Reading: Kennedy, Madison, Monroe, Van Buren, Wilson
Grade 3 Math: Harrison, Jefferson, Madison, Roosevelt, Wilson
Grade 4 Math: Monroe, Roosevelt, Washington, Wilson
Grade 5 Math: Jefferson, Madison, Van Buren, Wilson
Dr. Kim Ehrhardt, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the School District of Janesville, contends that the concerted efforts and expectation that parents, staff and building principals place toward student achievement is responsible for the continued success with WKCE scores. “This collective effort involves focused attention by school teams as they analyze student achievement data and effectively act on what the data says has yielded positive results.” Historically, the School District of Janesville’s standardized test results had hovered at or just below the state average. The district scores have been trending upward for the past five years. While the district trend line continues to move upward, certain grade levels at certain schools need to continue their focus on improved results. Dr. Ehrhardt explains that while not a performance excuse, enrollment for students identified in sub groups such as economically disadvantaged increased by 128 students, English Language Learners increased by 45 students and Students with Disabilities increased by 35 students. Typically, students in these sub-groups create more challenge for schools to reach the proficiency benchmarks. The district Equity & Excellence Plan, which will be rolled out district-wide next year, is designed to further assist those groups who have not reached the desired proficiency standard. Dr. Ehrhardt is confident in the future success of this plan based on the district staff’s previous positive track record towards enhancing student achievement for sub group populations.
Dr. Karen Schulte, Superintendent of Schools commented, “Parents and the Janesville Community can be proud of our student’s efforts associated with the WKCE. At a time when the teaching staff is leaner and the budget is tight, student learning has not been sacrificed and their achievement has remained front and center with our staff. This effort has produced another positive result as the School District of Janesville continues to outperform the state in both reading and math. Congratulations, on a job well done.”