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State Supt. Stanford Taylor delivers State of Education Address; emphasizes collaboration for educational equity

State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor delivered her first annual State of Education Address today at the State Capitol in Madison. While she trumpeted Wisconsin schools successes she also expressed concern for persistent gaps and working towards equity in educational achievement, access and opportunity.

She called the funding increases included in the most recent state budget a down-payment for improving student achievement and committed to working with the governor and legislature going forward to improve educational outcomes.

Excerpts of the speech from DPI: Continue reading State Supt. Stanford Taylor delivers State of Education Address; emphasizes collaboration for educational equity

Things you may have missed while you were at the State Convention

For those of you we attended the 98th State Education Convention, we thank you.  Here are a couple notable happenings you may have missed while you were in Milwaukee.

New Marquette University Law School Poll results were released.

Results of polling conducted January 16-20, 2019 included the following key findings related to K-12 public education : Continue reading Things you may have missed while you were at the State Convention

Do state school report cards tell us much we don’t already know?

Last week the Department of Public Instruction released state school and school district report cards for the 422 school districts in existence when 2017-18 data was gathered. (There are now 421 school districts due to a consolidation.)

Editor’s Note:  Wisconsin has two accountability systems. Our federal accountability system was purposely designed to address just the lowest-performing schools in the state.  State policymakers wanted to keep the existing state accountability system as one under which no federal permissions would be needed, hence two systems.

Continue reading Do state school report cards tell us much we don’t already know?

More schools and districts meet or exceed state expectations

Over 96 percent of Wisconsin school districts met or exceeded state expectations in 2017-18, according to school and district report cards released by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). In addition, nearly 84 percent of individual public schools met or exceeded state expectations. Both figures reflect an improvement over the previous year (2016-17). Continue reading More schools and districts meet or exceed state expectations

Gov. Walker discusses K-12 education issues

Editor’s Note: The role of the WASB during this election cycle will be to share information with our members relating to positions or statements by candidates relating to K-12 education issues.  The WASB does not endorse candidates for office.  The statements in the news articles referenced are those of the candidate(s) and the reporters who wrote the articles and not those of the WASB.

In an interview Monday, Gov. Scott Walker spoke about K-12 education issues heading into his campaign for reelection this fall.  He also stated his goal of having Wisconsin lead the nation in high school graduation rate. Continue reading Gov. Walker discusses K-12 education issues

Democrat candidates for governor discussing K-12 issues

Update: Andy Gronik & Dana Wachs have announced they are ending their campaigns after the release of the latest Marquette Law School Poll.

Editor’s Note: The role of the WASB during this election cycle will be to share information with our members relating to positions or statements by candidates relating to K-12 education issues.  The WASB does not endorse candidates for office. The statements in the news articles referenced are those of the candidate(s) and the reporters who wrote the articles and not those of the WASB.

The Democrats running for governor have been discussing a variety of  K-12 issues at candidate forums and in response to media inquiries.  Ten Democrats are currently in the race and the winner of the August 14 primary will face incumbent GOP Gov. Scott Walker in November. Continue reading Democrat candidates for governor discussing K-12 issues

Statewide Testing Results Steady; Achievement Gaps Remain

From the Department of Public Instruction (DPI): “Statewide results held steady on the Forward, ACT Plus Writing, and Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessments administered during the 2016-17 school year. These exams, part of the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), are the statewide assessments for the more than 453,000 public and private choice school students enrolled in grades three through eight and grade 11.

“Participation was up by 5,713 students statewide from the prior school year, and rates improved slightly for public schools with 98.4 percent of students taking the assessments. Choice schools had a participation rate of 93.1 percent. Results for choice students showed some fluctuations across the Forward and ACT assessments, though none were significantly different from the prior year. Overall, public school results across the WSAS were steady. Continue reading Statewide Testing Results Steady; Achievement Gaps Remain