DD schools continue to meet state standards

DELAVAN — All schools in the Delavan-Darien School District continue to meet student expectations set by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

This is the second straight year that all schools have met expectations set by the DPI, as indicated on school and district report cards. Three years ago, when the school-rating report cards first came out, two Delavan-Darien schools (Turtle Creek Elementary and Delavan-Darien High School) were in the “meets few expectations category.”

“We’re pleased that all schools continue to meet DPI expectations, but we’re not satisfied with our scores just yet,” said Cora Rund, district director of instruction. “We need to continue our on-going curriculum work to ensure we are improving in all areas year-to-year.”

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The report cards released in mid-September examine the data from the 2013-14 school year. Comparing the current year report cards to the 2012-13 school year data, Delavan-Darien Schools saw slight decreases in the overall scores of four of the five school scores. The district score also went down slightly, but all schools and the district remained in the “meets expectations” category along with much of the rest of the state. In Wisconsin, 88.3 percent of schools and 98.1 percent of districts had ratings of meets expectations or higher.

“Over time, Delavan-Darien Schools continue to demonstrate an upward achievement trend. We are always seeking to improve achievement for all students,” said Rund, who noted that the report cards examine multiple areas — student achievement, student growth, closing achievement gaps, on-track and postsecondary readiness, and student engagement indicators.

“In the 2013 – 2014 school report card, we observed some incremental gains in our student achievement scores and there were no point deductions for the student engagement indicators,” Rund said. “However, we will continue to focus on our identified high needs areas, including our student growth and the achievement gaps that exist between sub-groups of students.”

Rund said the district has taken steps to maintain and improve its achievement levels and close achievement gaps, starting with the overhaul of the reading and math curricula in grades kindergarten through grade 8 in the last two years, and in grades 9-12 this year.

“The full implementation of the new programs covers a five year cycle,” Rund said. “During this time, teachers are learning the components of the program, developing new instructional strategies to meet students’ needs and monitoring students’ progress. Over the cycle, students experience increased rigor of content and application that builds their capacity to understand, problem-solve, and transfer knowledge to other content areas.

“As student achievement scores continue to climb, I expect we will improve our state report card growth scores and start to close achievement gaps, as well. Also, when using other in-district testing measures to gather data on student achievement — outside of what the report cards analyze — the district is seeing steady growth in many key areas of the core subjects.”

The new curricula are the start of foundational improvements to the academics taught in Delavan-Darien schools, Rund said. Now, the district is getting into building upon the curriculum foundation with better data analysis to identify priority areas, an increased number of early release days to provide improved staff development (which also keeps regular teachers in the classroom as much as possible), and creating teacher leadership teams to thoroughly implement and deliver the curriculum.

“One of our goals is to continue to see that our report card scores remain strong and meet or exceed state expectations,” Rund said. “We’ve done that the last two years. In addition to this, we have much to be proud of in this district, and we are working together to bring about the continued improvements we seek.

“It will take time, but we will get there. The support of our staff, students, families and community is crucial to making that happen.”

Delavan-Darien Scores

School

Score

Darien

72.1

Turtle Creek

64.4

Wileman

68.8

Phoenix

64.3

DDHS

64.4

District

65.1

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