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Shorewood Schools Garner High Marks on State Report Card

All Shorewood schools are exceeding expectations under a new state scoring and rating system rolled out on Monday.

Shorewood schools are exceeding expectations under new a state Department of Instruction scoring and rating system.

“Report cards” were issued to all Wisconsin public schools for the first time Monday as one component of the state's school accountability system aimed at raising academic expectations. The accountability system allowed Wisconsin to earn a waiver from meeting certain 2014 requirements of No Child Left Behind.

Schools received scores using a 0 to 100 scale, corresponding with five categories starting at "fails to meet expectations" and topping out with "significantly exceeds expectations."

Lake Bluff Elementary School topped all Shorewood public schools with a score of 80.2. Shorewood High School scored a 77.9, Shorewood Intermediate School a 77.6 and Atwater Elementary came in at 74.1. Charter school New Horizons for Learning School was not given a score.

The exceed expectations score ranged from 73 to 82.9. Find Shorewood schools report cards here.

“We are pleased that all our schools exceed expectations,” Shorewood Superintendent Martin Lexmond said. “But, if you begin to look at other comparable schools, we are not where we want to be.”

He said, however, Shorewood prides itself in its liberal arts curriculum, which can't always be measured on standardized tests.

“It’s a real balance in Shorewood,” he added. “We are committing to improving those scores, but keeping what’s important and makes our students and district special."

The report cards grade schools in these areas:

  • Student achievement in reading and mathematics on state assessments.
  • Student growth measured by year-to-year improvements in achievement.
  • Closing gaps in performance between specific student groups.
  • Progress to graduation/post secondary readiness using reliable predictors of high school graduation and post-secondary success.

Lexmond said the report cards are very complex and the district is bringing in experts from the state to further explain how they can improve, especially in closing achievement gaps.

“We need to take our time and make sure we fully understand them,” he said.

In a news release, state Superintendent Tony Evers said the preliminary school report cards are "a starting point" and will change over time.

Across the state 2,118 schools were graded, with 85.8 percent meeting or exceeding expectations. Only 68 schools were rated as significantly exceeding expectations (83 to 100) in Wisconsin. Seventy-six schools failed to meet expectations.

Here's how Shorewood schools stack up:

School

Overall Score Student Achievement Student Growth Closing Achievement Gaps On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness Atwater Elementary School 74.1 82.4 73.2 50.9 90 Lake Bluff Elementary School 80.2 93.1 77.8 57 92.7 Shorewood High School 77.9 86.6 N/A 60.3 91.1 Shorewood Intermediate School 77.6 85.5 60.1 71.3 93.6
Joanne Wiechers October 24, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Yeh, Shorewood Schools! Especially Lake Bluff as that is where I taught for many years! Keep up the good work. Joanne Wiechers
Joanne Wiechers October 24, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Congratulations on your report card grade. Special congrats to Lake Bluff teachers and parents. I loved every experience and opportunity while teaching there.
Holly Hughes Stoner October 24, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Feel the same about Shorewood High School! It is an amazing place for teens to mature and grow in a multitude of ways! It was also an amazing place to work with an intelligent, hard working staff.
Free Shorewood November 13, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Where are the apologies? I am waiting for apologies from all of the posters that ridiculed my post about Shorewood School District only receiving a 77.9. Whitefish Bay received an 83.2, which is 6.3% higher than Shorewood. I have to admit when I'm wrong. Spending more money on education does provide our children a better education. Whitefish Bay residents must pay more in Village taxes to educate their students. Wait, I just found this quote in the Whitefish Bay Annual Bulletin: "A comparison of the five districts shows Whitefish Bay ranking lowest in the amount of property tax paid per pupil ($7,284), more than $1,938 less than the per-pupil property tax paid by the next lowest school district, Shorewood." That doesn't make sense how does Shorewood pay 26% ($1,938) more per student in Village Taxes than WFB, but our report card reveals they scored 6.3% higher. The Shorewood School Board has produced an inferior education for at least 26% more. I can still remember when board member Mishlove stated Shorewood schools perform at a very high level which would make it difficult to find anything to improve. It looks pretty obvious there is a lot of room for improvement in Shorewood Schools not only in the classroom, but also on the economic side. The Shorewood Village Board is just as guilty as the school Board. The Village's answer is to raise taxes on homeowners and do nothing to increase the tax base by allowing non-TIF development.

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