The administrative team in the Iola-Scandinavia School District will turn its focus to staff development after receiving its first school report cards.
I-S Elementary School, which is a pre-K through sixth grade building, received an overall accountability score of 74.6 (exceeds expectations).
The overall accountability score for I-S High School, which houses seventh through twelfth grades, was 69.2 (meets expectations).
"We reached good marks for the first time. Are there things we need to work on? Absolutely," said Interim District Administrator Duane Braun. "There's lots of interesting data. We're hoping to use it as another tool for assessing student achievement.
The 2011-12 preliminary school reports were made public by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction on Oct. 22.
Braun said the process will involve learning how to interpret the data.
"We had a professional development time to go over the scores with staff," he said. "We reviewed the information that brought about the scores."
When the I-S School Board meets on Monday, Nov. 12, plans call for information about the report cards to be presented to the board.
One piece the district will have to interpret is the achievement gaps and how they can be closed.
"We're not sure what some of them are yet," Braun said.
He sees the school report cards as a good tool for establishing what the expectations will be for upcoming school report cards.
"It's new, so we have to take the information and build on it," he said. "It's a good place to start. It gives us something to build on."
Braun said the district will look at which students it needs to work with in the areas of reading and math.
Student achievement, as well as growth, in reading and math are among the priority areas which are scored.
How schools are meeting gaps in reading and math achievement are also considered.
If district residents have questions about the school report cards, he encourages them to contact him.
"We feel good with our marks. We always like to see our students excel, and hopefully, we can always improve our scores," Braun said.
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