District Reaches New Level on State Report Card

District Reaches New Level on State Report Card
Posted on 12/12/2017

Wausau Daily Herald
12/12/2017 - Page A01

District reaches new level on state report card

Haley BeMiller Wausau Daily Herald

WAUSAU – The Wausau School District has risen to a new level of academic success.

For the first time ever, the state Department of Public Instruction rated the district as "exceeding expectations" on its annual report card.

The report cards, released for the 2016-17 school year last month, measure student achievement in math and English language arts, district growth, post-secondary readiness and gap closure between different demographics of students. The report cards score each public school district and its schools on a scale of 0 to 100.

The 2016-17 report cards are the second batch to use scores from the Forward Exam. They al! so weigh variables such as demographics, poverty and student mobility in and out of a district.

The Wausau School District received an overall score of 73.2, up from 70.9 for 2015-16. The most dramatic shift between the two report cards was an 8.5point increase for growth, which looks at the pace of improvement in student performance.

Julie Sprague, the district’s interim director of curriculum and instruction, attributed its success to the district’s strategic plan. The district, with the help of schools, sets goals, she said, and schools then come up with targets to help achieve them. That momentum trickles down to teachers and even students setting individual goals, she said.

"I think this is affirmation that we’re


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on the right track," Sprague said.

Though students continue to advance academically, Sprague said, the district can’t rest, and it works to move the needle forward every year.

"We’re committed to having our students ready to graduate," she said.