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Mukwonago Area School District schools continue to perform at an exceptional level, based on state accountability report cards released Nov. 17 by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

The report cards rate the district as Exceeding Expectations, with three district schools, Section Elementary, Eagleville Charter, and Prairie View Elementary, rated as Significantly Exceeding Expectations. The other five district schools were categorized as Exceeding Expectations.

“We are proud of the work that our students, staff, and community do in preparing our students to be college and career ready; these efforts are reflected in our report card scores,” said MASD Superintendent Shawn McNulty.  “The supports and systems we have in place across all of our schools enable our children to follow whatever college or career path they wish when they graduate from Mukwonago High School.”

The 2015-16 report cards are based on major changes that were included in Wisconsin Act 55, the 2015-17 state budget, according to the DPI. The new report cards provide a snapshot of school and district performance, but are not comparable to report cards issued in prior years.

One goal of the report cards is to help all schools and districts use data in specific areas to target improvement efforts. Schools and districts receive priority area scores in four areas - student achievement, student growth, closing gaps, and on-track and postsecondary readiness - which are combined to create an overall accountability score with a range from 0 to 100. Based on the accountability score, a school or district then receives a rating in one of five categories from Fails to Meet Expectations to Significantly Exceeds Expectations.

When compared to other public K-12 schools in Wisconsin, Mukwonago schools place in the top 10 percent of schools across the state, according to a news release from MASD. In particular, Mukwonago’s overall student achievement score rates in the top 5 percent of all public K-12 schools. Further analysis also reveals that Mukwonago students rank in the top 5 percent of all public K-12 schools in mathematics achievement and in the top ten percent of all public K-12 schools in English language arts.

Another area of strength for Mukwonago schools on the state report cards is readiness for graduation and postsecondary success.

Mukwonago schools were ranked in the top 6 percent of all public K-12 schools in post-secondary readiness, which includes measurement areas like graduation and attendance rates, third-grade English language arts achievement, and eighth-grade mathematics achievement, according to the MASD news release.

“These accountability report cards are important indicators that represent high achievement in our district. Further, they are important tools we can use to make continual, systematic improvement,“ said Ben Kossow, coordinator of assessment and data.  “We will review the information over the coming weeks and months, and we will apply the facts we learn to become an even better district.”

The Norris School District, W247 S10395 Center Drive, Mukwonago, with an enrollment of 32 students for 2015-16, achieved satisfactory progress through the alternate accountability process, according to the DPI.

Alternate accountability is a district supervised self-evaluation of a school’s performance on raising student achievement in English language arts and mathematics. The alternate accountability process is used for new schools, kindergarten through second-grade schools, schools without tested grades, schools exclusively serving at-risk students, and schools with fewer than 20 full academic year students who took the state test.

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