Student achievement data continues to show Mukwonago Area School District (MASD) students outperforming their peers across the state in recently released assessment results from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for the 2015-2016 school year.
The newly implemented Forward Exam was taken by students in grades 3 - 8 in the spring. Districtwide, results showed that 67.3 percent of Mukwonago students scored in the proficient or advanced performance levels in mathematics compared to 42.5 percent across the state. In English language arts, 58.4 percent of Mukwonago students scored in the proficient or advanced performance levels compared to 42.7 percent in Wisconsin.
The spring of 2016 was the second year that all juniors in the state of Wisconsin took the statewide ACT as a part of the Wisconsin Student Assessment System. Mukwonago High School students demonstrated higher proficiency averages than their state peers.
In mathematics, 55.3 percent of MHS students scored in the proficient or advanced levels compared to only 35.1 percent across Wisconsin. For English language arts, 56.3 percent of MHS students scored in the proficient or advanced levels compared to only 41.3 percent in the state. For science, 49.2 percent of MHS students scored in the proficient or advanced levels compared to 34.3 percent across the state.
Superintendent Shawn McNulty said, “We are proud of the results that demonstrate clearly our students are on a path to be college- and career-ready. This success is only possible through the hard work of our students, staff, and community working together to improve student achievement.”
Many factors contribute to the success of students in the MASD. In mathematics, a district-wide response years in the making has contributed to student growth, including high-quality and experienced teaching staff, rigorous curriculum and programs like Everyday Math at the elementary level, and a rigorous course sequence beginning at Park View Middle School and continuing through high school where student participation in Advanced Placement courses is strong.
In English language arts, a long-term focus on writing continues to result in student growth, while the district is currently reviewing reading programming to ensure that students receive the best possible reading curriculum, instruction, and materials. New materials will be adopted as a part of the curriculum renewal cycle over the next couple of years.
Besides raising expectations, support programs are in place for students struggling academically such as the RISE Program and Academic Resource Center at MHS, the RAMS program and Academic Support Program at Park View Middle School, and the Response to Intervention programs in all elementary schools. Last spring, Clarendon Avenue Elementary School was recognized as a Wisconsin RtI (Response to Intervention) School of Merit for work in reading.
The district’s coordinator of data and assessment, Ben Kossow, stated, “We have much to be excited about in our student assessment data, but room for growth exists in some areas. We continue to seek ways to increase academic rigor to ensure students are prepared to take the most challenging courses possible to help meet their college and career goals.”