· SCHOOL DISTRICT OF MILTON PRESS RELEASE
School District of Milton Improves
DPI Accountability Report Card Score
The School District of Milton is proud to announce improvement on its Department of Public Instruction (DPI) accountability report card score. The District’s overall score is at the higher end of the “meets expectations” category as set forth by DPI accountability scoring. The District’s score improved from a 68.8 in 2012-2013, to a recently released 70.3 score for the 2013-2014 school year.
The District Report Card identifies four priority areas: student achievement, student growth, closing gaps, and on-track and postsecondary readiness. All District schools improved their overall report card score other than the high school, which does not receive a student growth score because only one grade level has required state testing. In the more popular measurement of high school growth, ACT scores, Milton High School recorded its highest average in the last four years, exceeding the state average and topping Rock County with the highest average. The District’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Heather Slosarek, stated, “Throughout the last four years, Milton Middle School and High School have supplemented the state standardized tests by implementing the Explore, Plan, and ACT assessments for students in grades 7-11.
The improvement in the ACT scores is directly correlated to our staff’s commitment to improving students’ college and career readiness.” At the high school level, the ACT Aspire Early High School will replace the WKCE and be the required state assessment measure for grades 9-10, while the ACT and ACT WorkKeys will be administered to all students in grade 11 beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. “We strongly believe next year’s school report card results will reflect the marked growth we have seen in students’ college and career readiness in the core areas from their freshman to junior year of high school.”
Overwhelmingly, the students in Milton schools demonstrate consistently higher scores in the area of student achievement and on-track and postsecondary readiness than the state average. Since receiving additional data from the school report card, the District has been invested in dedicating its district late starts and professional learning community time to improving student growth from one grade level benchmark to the next, while using universal differentiation and supplemental programming to assist in closing the gaps.
Slosarek notes, “Regardless of their starting point, we are committed to helping each student grow from one year to the next through the administration of a strong universal curriculum, differentiated instruction based on students’ needs, consistent assessment of their progress throughout the learning process and targeted programming to help those who are struggling or to provide extension for those who are exceeding benchmarks. We are currently focused on strengthening our reading instruction at the PreK-6 levels and providing more purposeful differentiated instruction in the 7-12 content areas. By consistently improving the learning process for the students we serve, we are confident that we will continue to see student achievement and growth rise – bridging the gaps and providing even stronger development towards college and career readiness.” ·State Superintendent of Schools Tony Evers also provides some context to the District accountability report cards at YouTube link: