Each year under the federal Elementary Secondary Education Act (also known as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act), all Wisconsin public schools and districts must meet the state’s adequate yearly progress (AYP) objectives in four areas: test participation, reading achievement, math achievement, and school attendance or graduation rates.
The Sheboygan Area School District (SASD) met adequate yearly progress requirements in all four areas for the 2010-2011 school year. The SASD Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam (WKCE) scores showed an improvement in both reading and math over the prior year. The SASD is also proud to report an improved high school graduation rate over the previous year (94.5% graduation rate, up from 90.7%).
The Sheboygan Area School District will continue to implement strategies and interventions to increase student performance in all subject areas. Each year, the proficiency targets for reading and math will progressively increase to the NCLB goal of 100% proficient in 2014. It will prove challenging for many schools and districts to meet the heightened performance benchmarks.
This year, North High School, Urban Middle School and Horace Mann Middle School each had one student group, students with disabilities, who missed the proficiency target in reading resulting in the school not making AYP in that area. Overall, each of the schools had a reading index above the target of 80.5% when looking at all students (Horace Mann – 90%, North – 83%, Urban – 91%).
As a large school district, the SASD receives a breakdown of scores by student groups to help us better understand how our students are performing. Smaller school districts may not receive a breakdown of scores because their student population is not large enough to warrant it. This information provides the SASD an opportunity to review and improve our strategies for how we can best educate all students.The Sheboygan Area School District is working hard to improve learning for all students. The SASD creates individualized education plans for students with disabilities to meet the varied learning needs of each student and to work toward increased proficiency. Under the district’s long range plan, there are many initiatives being implemented to measure and increase all students’ performance including a five-year curriculum, assessment and instructional plan, incorporation of project-based learning, community-based learning and real-world applications, utilization of digital media and technology and implementation of research-based reform models.