December 10, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have had a wonderful fall at Solon Springs School.  We are continually looking to improve our school and one source we use to reflect on our strengths and areas for improvement is the School Report Card.

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) generates a School Report Card and District Report Card for every publicly funded school and district in the state. These public report cards can be found online at: http://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards. The Report Cards are intended to help schools and districts use performance data to target improvement efforts that ensure students are ready for their next educational step – including the next grade level, graduation, college, and careers. DPI has produced two versions of each Report Card:  a quick one-pager labeled “School Report Card” and lengthier, detailed version labeled, “School Report Card Detail.” Both versions can be accessed online at http://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards along with resources that explain the report cards.

The  Current State Report Card Is primarily based on last year’s performance, the 2017-18 school year. At the foundation of the report cards are four priority areas. Schools and districts receive a score for each priority area:

  1. Student Achievement proficiency in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics on the annual state assessments
  2. School Growth measured by year-to-year progress in ELA and math achievement.
  3. Closing Gaps in performance between specific student groups (comparing English language learners, low-income students, students with disabilities, and members of a racial or an ethnic group with their peers)
  4. On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness showing reliable predictors of how many students are on-track to graduate from high school and student readiness for post-high school success.

Schools and districts are also evaluated on their level of student engagement – chronic absenteeism rates and dropout rates – when applicable.

As DPI stresses, these report cards are just one source of information about our school. Given that, I want to share some other data that helps illuminate some of our successes and helps pinpoint areas of work in our school/district. Here is some additional information that shows we are moving in the right direction.

  • 12 out of 18 seniors have required volunteer service completed and reported. Which translates into 960 hours and an approximate 7,000 dollar contribution to our community.
  • Based on Career Interests expressed in students' portfolios, medical fields continue to be a focus of student interest with nursing, athletic training and doctor all in the top ten careers our students express interest in. Our students are showing an increased interested in Digital and Technical artistic fields such as video game development and animation. Performance Arts (acting/music) also have displayed a great deal of interest.
  • Currently, we have 19 students enrolled in either articulated courses or through the Early College Credit Program with the potential of earning a total of 66 college credits.
  • Our Band and Choir students were able to spend several days in Florida and performed at Disney World.
  • Over half of our students using STAR Math and Reading  Assessments are scoring at or above the 50th percentile.
  • Honor Roll Certificates are earned by 64 % of our Middle and High School Students.

 

Please let me know your thoughts and questions as they arise. As always, I appreciate working with you to make 2018-19 a successful school year for your child!

Sincerely,

Dene Muller