This year, many schools in the OASD saw consistency in their report card ratings as a result of previous school improvement planning, response to unfinished learning due to the pandemic response, and district-wide continuous improvement efforts.
Students within the Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) continue to grow despite two school years of pandemic learning. 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 2020-2021 school year. The District just missed the “Exceeds Expectations” rating by 0.1 points. However, 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 69.9, which is a slight decrease from the 2018-2019 school year when it received a 72.4. The Accountability Report Card was last released in the fall 2019; the reporting requirements were suspended for the 2019-20 school year due to the impacts of COVID-19. The report card for districts and schools includes data on many indicators for multiple years across four priority areas: Student Achievement, District Growth, Target Group, and On-Track and Postsecondary Success. The District continues to make strong gains in the area of “District Growth,” where it scored 73.6 out of a possible 100 points, compared to the state average of 66.0 points.
“In the OASD, we emphasize growth goals and as we continue to navigate the ongoing pandemic this focus has become even more critical,” stated Julie Conrad, OASD Director of Curriculum and Assessment. “We are committed to Students First and ensuring that every student grows. Our performance on multiple achievement measures shows promising results, and we are proud of the progress and resiliency our students and our schools have shown. 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
- 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 16, 2021, and are organized alphabetically by district name. 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, target group 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 needs to be adjusted and enhanced.. This year, many schools in the OASD saw consistency in their report card ratings as a result of previous school improvement planning, response to unfinished learning due to the pandemic response, and district-wide continuous improvement efforts. School improvement planning in the OASD continues to focus on academics, as well as the social and emotional growth of each student.
“Students and schools are more than a single test or number,” explained Conrad. “That, along with the reality that COVID has impacted us all differently highlights the importance of focusing on the unique needs of each of our school communities. With this in mind the OASD will continue to use assessment scores as one tool to help identify areas of strength and need for improvement, so that all students achieve their full potential.”
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