OASD Meets Expectations in 2018-19 State Report Cards

The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) is maintaining academic progress. The District earned an overall accountability score of “Meets Expectations” on the State Accountability Report Card issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for the 2018-2019 school year.

The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) is maintaining academic progress. The District earned an overall accountability score of “Meets Expectations” on the State Accountability Report Card issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for the 2018-2019 school year. The District is pleased to announce that all OASD elementary schools meet, exceed, or significantly exceed expectations. Additionally, OASD middle and high schools are continuing to demonstrate strong performance, focusing on student growth. This recognition is a testament to the efforts of the entire District, school leaders, teachers, and staff members, as well as the incredible work and growth of OASD students and families.

The Oshkosh Area School District received an overall score of 72.4, which is a slight decrease from the 2017-2018 school year when it received a 74.0. The Accountability Report Card includes data on many indicators for multiple years across four priority areas: Student Achievement, District Growth, Closing Gaps, and On-Track and Postsecondary Success. The District continues to make strong gains in the area of “District Growth,” where it scored 71.8 out of a possible 100 points, compared to the state average of 66 points; as well as “On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness,” where it scored 85.2 compared to the state average of 84.2. 

“We emphasize goal-setting based on growth throughout the District and are committed to ensuring that every student grows,” stated Julie Conrad, OASD Director of Curriculum and Assessment. “Our performance on multiple achievement measures shows promising results, and we are proud of the progress our students and our schools have made. We also know that these report cards are simply one measure of our success. As a District, we are constantly evaluating and monitoring our efforts to ensure that we are providing all students with the opportunities and skills needed to be college, career, and community ready. We will continue to meet the needs of all students and raise our own expectations every year.”

Highlights from the recently released District and School Report Cards for the OASD include the following items.

  • Continued to outpace the state in the area of growth for both English Language Arts and Mathematics
  • Continued high performance in the area of Mathematics
  • Increased the number of schools that fall into the combined categories of Meets Expectations, Exceeds Expectations and Significantly Exceeds Expectations
  • All elementary schools fall into the combined categories of Meets Expectations, Exceeds Expectations and Significantly Exceeds Expectations
  • Continued strong performance at the high school level

Each school within OASD also received a report card from the State. The state-issued Accountability Report Cards for schools and districts were released on the DPI website (https://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards) on November 12, 2019, and are organized alphabetically by district name. Additionally, all OASD school report cards are available in the following resource: 2018-19 State Report Cards - OASD Schools

Serving as an accountability system for schools and districts, the report cards measure each schools’ results of the Wisconsin Forward Exam, along with attendance rate, graduation rate, and performance on ACT Aspire as well as the ACT for high schools. Using numerous formulas and data sources, the state assigns a score and category for each school and district overall. In addition, a score for student achievement, student growth, closing the gaps and postsecondary readiness is given. The intention is for schools to use this information to identify areas for improvement and set goals for the future.  

OASD administrators and professional staff have been examining school-level data and state assessment results to determine where instruction for students can improve. This year, many schools in the OASD saw improvement in their report card ratings as a result of previous school improvement planning and district-wide continuous improvement efforts. School improvement planning in the OASD is focused on academics, as well as the social and emotional growth of each student.

“Each school has a unique climate, culture, and challenge,” explained Conrad. “Schools are more than a single test or number. Each school has classrooms and students that have unique needs and opportunities for growth. With this in mind, the OASD uses assessment scores to help identify areas of strength and need for improvement, so that all students achieve their full potential.”  

For more information, please click on the links below from the DPI.