2015-16 DPI Release of School and District Report Cards
School and district report cards for the 2015-16 year from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction were released for all schools today. The School District of Horicon earned two stars on the state report card, which means the district meets “few expectations” for educating students. “This rating provides a baseline for improvement, and we have analyzed our district’s scores by building, and district. We take very seriously our student achievement and have already reviewed and started district wide plans to see greater growth and achievement for all of our students.” “It is important to note, that the report cards that were released today include different metrics to determine school ratings than were used in past years. Specifically, the achievement at the high school level is based primarily on student’s achievement on the ACT exam, something that was not included in years past. In previous years, it was usually the case that only students who intended to continue their studies at a four-year college or university took the ACT. Now, all Wisconsin high school juniors take the exam. The performance scores at both the Van Brunt Elementary School and the JR High School received 3 stars, which indicate that the schools met expectations on the report. The high school received 1 star which indicates that the school failed to meet expectations on the 2015-16 school report.
I want our families and community to know that we continue to raise our expectations for all our students, and our continuous improvement efforts that every student be career or college ready. Nevertheless, the simple fact remains that we can point to our lower overall scores on the ACT as the main reason for our lower report card ratings. These concerns have already been addressed and going forward, we will include additional ACT test preparation opportunities, continuous review and alignment of curriculum, and our daily efforts to make meaningful connections to each child. We believe that all of these aspects of preparing the whole child through our improvement efforts will ensure that our school ratings will improve and will reflect what our students truly know and can do.
I want to be clear that, despite the sudden change in our ratings, the true quality of our schools has not decreased. In fact, as a result of our improvement efforts, we have good reasons to believe that achievement has actually increased with the overall number of students being assessed and the quality of the various programs provided in our district that help develop the whole child. Many of these characteristics and skills are not included in the metrics that are used in the overall grade given to schools in this report.
For this year, report cards underwent major changes that were part of Wisconsin Act 55, the 2015-17 state budget. Those changes include variable weighting to address the impacts of poverty on student achievement, a new model for measuring student growth based on value-added methodology developed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the legislative requirement to change from the Badger Exam offered through the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium to the Forward Exam. Report cards are based on the Forward Exam in 2015-16, the Badger Exam for 2014-15, and the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam and Wisconsin Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities for 2013-14 as well as the 11th grade ACT Plus Writing and Dynamic Learning Maps assessments (grades three through eight and grade 11). Although report cards provide a snapshot of school and district performance, the 2015-16 report cards should not be compared to report cards from prior years for these reasons.
Report card ratings are based on four priority areas: student achievement in English language arts and mathematics, student growth, closing gaps between student populations, and measures of readiness for graduation and postsecondary success. Additionally, schools and districts could have point deductions for failing to meet targets for student engagement indicators: test participation (95% for all students and each subgroup), absenteeism (less than 13%), and dropout rates (less than 6%). Test participation deductions were not applied to district report cards for 2015-16.
The proud tradition of the School District of Horicon and the commitment of our dedicated staff, students, and families will guide us as we move forward with the improvements necessary for the success of all. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss this or any aspect of our school district as we continue the journey of preparing the students of our district for tomorrow and beyond.
Notice of School Board Election & Holiday Office Hours
NOTICE OF SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION
HORICON SCHOOL DISTRICT
April 4, 2017
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that at an election to be held in the School District of Horicon on Tuesday April 4, 2017, the following offices are to be elected to succeed the present incumbents listed. The term of office for a school board member is three years beginning on Monday, April 24, 2017.
Spring Election (3 year term)Incumbent
Board Member City of Horicon James Grigg
Board Member Town of Burnett Nathan Hodgson
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that a Campaign Registration Statement and a Declaration of Candidacy, must be filed no later than 5:00 P.M., on January 3, 2017, in the office of the School District Clerk located at the School District of Horicon District Office, 611 Mill Street, Horicon, Wisconsin.
Candidates must be qualified electors of the School District and notice is hereby given that candidates for the above offices must be residents of the municipality specified, but the entire School District will vote on all candidates.
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that if a primary is necessary, the primary will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. A description of the school district boundaries can be obtained from the school district office.
Acceptable Photo ID will be required to vote at this election. If you do not have a photo ID you may obtain a free ID for voting from the Division of Motor Vehicles.
Given under my hand, on November 14, 2016.
School District Clerk
Mr. James Grigg
SCHOOL DISTRICT OF HORICON
The School District of Horicon School and District Offices will be closed from
December 26, 2016 thru January 2, 2017.
Anyone who wishes to submit a Campaign Registration Statement
and Declaration of Candidacy may do so through
December 23, 2016 until 4:00 p.m. and on January 3, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Our Mission In partnership with family and community, the School District of Horicon strives for excellence in education, challenging students to reach their fullest potential and to become productive, responsible, respectful members of our global society.
It is the policy of the School District of Horicon that no person shall be discriminated against on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, handicap or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability.