Sep 16, 201402:43 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Act 10 is three years old and students are smarter than ever!
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Act 10, Gov. Walker’s collective bargaining reform, is destroying Wisconsin schools! Or not. Our (You Know Who) acquaintances are so sure of it, they need no facts to buttress their faith-based beliefs.
“Case Closed: Scott Walker’s Budget Destroying Public Education,” the state Democratic Party screeched in November 2011, before the case was even opened.
Someone forgot to tell the evaluators at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Its school district report cards for 2014 would show the opposite.
Out of 424 school districts, 168 were ranked in the two highest ratings. That’s up from 143 that were so ranked in last year’s report card. On the bottom end of the scale, eight districts were poorly ranked, down from 11 last year. The average score statewide was 72.1 — up from 71.4 last year.
DPI’s report cards measure student achievement in reading and mathematics, student improvement over time, the closing of gaps in reading and math or graduation rates, and “performance on key indicators of readiness for graduation and postsecondary pursuits, whether college or career.”
Some districts, meanwhile, are bidding for in-demand teachers. Other districts are working collegially with teachers, rather than adversarially.
- Of 424 districts, only eight “significantly exceed expectations.” They are: Swallow (with a score of 88.0) and North Lake (both elementary schools only), Mequon-Thiensville, Whitefish Bay, Elmbrook, Fox Point, Cedarburg, and Waterford. All are Milwaukee-Waukesha-area “gold coast” schools. None were in the Madison CESA 2 district.
- One hundred sixty schools “exceed expectations,” the second-highest ranking. Those include 19 of 46 school districts in the Greater Madison area.
- Two hundred forty-eight meet expectations, including Madison, with a score of 69.8.
- Seven schools statewide “meet few expectations”: Beloit, Montello, Racine, Suring, Menominee Indian, Bowler, and Bayfield.
- Milwaukee is the only district that “fails to meet expectations,” with a score of 51.1.