Students meet state average in math, below state in English
The Manawa School District has released local results for Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) exams taken during the 2014-15 school year.
English language arts results for the school district were slightly lower than the state average, however, the mathematics score was right at the state average.
Administrators noted that the district’s small sample size (about 50 students per grade-level) can have a major impact on the average results reported.
Overall, the school district had 285 students assessed on the Badger and Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) exams in grades three through eight. Among those students, 48.5 percent of students were proficient or advanced in English language arts compared to 51.2 percent at the state level.
In mathematics, 43.8 percent of Manawa students were proficient or advanced compared to 43.7 percent statewide.
At 11th grade, 50 students took the ACT or DLM. The ACT is the same college admissions exam taken by students nationwide. The DLM is an alternate assessment given to Wisconsin students with severe intellectual disabilities and is used in grades three through eleven.
Overall results show 40.0 percent of Manawa students achieved at the proficient or advanced performance levels in English language arts compared to 45.7 percent statewide. In mathematics, 28.0 percent were proficient or advanced compared to 35.9 percent of juniors statewide.
“These overall WSAS results are just one snapshot in time regarding student academic performance.” said District Administrator, Dr. Melanie J. Oppor. “The School District of Manawa is continuing to set rigorous academic achievement goals for all learners.”
“In order to support continued academic achievement, the district is investing in research-based instructional materials, ongoing professional development to all educators, and designing long-range plans to ensure that all students receive optimal learning experiences in all subject areas now and into the future,” Oppor said. “As the district’s vision statement affirms, the School District of Manawa is the place where students choose to excel academically and realize their strengths.”
The Badger, ACT and DLM assessments replace Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations and Wisconsin Alternate Assessments for Students with Disabilities that were administered in grades three through eight and grade 10 in prior years.
Because the 2014-15 assessments were taken in spring rather than fall and are based on different standards, comparisons to results from prior years are not advised.