New Glarus Earns High Scores on State Report Cards

New Glarus Earns High Scores on State Report Cards
Posted on 11/21/2017

New Glarus School District and each of the individual schools in the district earned 4 or 5 stars on the state report cards recently released from the Department of Public Instruction.  Based on the star rating, New Glarus Elementary School significantly exceeds expectations for educating students and earned a 5 star rating.  The New Glarus School District, New Glarus Middle School, and New Glarus High School all exceed expectations for educating students and earned 4 star ratings.  New Glarus’s school scores trended the same as the state with elementary schools scoring the highest, followed by middle schools, and high schools scoring the lowest.  All New Glarus schools ranked 1st or 2nd when compared to Capitol Conference schools and Green County schools. 

Report cards are issued based on four priority areas: student achievement in reading and mathematics on statewide assessments; student growth in those assessed areas; closing gaps between student populations, and measures of readiness for graduation and postsecondary success. 

The New Glarus report cards showed that all schools and the district scored high on math achievement and growth, with English Language Arts (ELA) scores lagging farther behind.  This is consistent with other recent data showing ELA scores lagging behind math.  In an effort to continue to improve ELA scores, the district is piloting new ELA curriculum materials this year and plans to implement new curriculum across the district next year. 

The Department of Public Instruction has urged caution when using the recently released report card data.  Many school and district report card scores have much larger variability than expected, which may be a result of legislated changes to the report card calculations.  It should also be noted that while school and district report cards provide information to the community, they do not represent a full picture of the work happening in any school or district.