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Green Bay school district sees state report card gains

By Heather Graves

GREEN BAY – The numbers are in and the Green Bay Area Public School District has earned its highest accountability score ever in the latest round of Department of Public Instruction (DPI) report cards.

This is the fourth year for the legislatively-mandated report cards.

With an overall score of 66.9 – a meets expectations rating – the district saw an increase of 3.9 points from the 2018-19 report card.

In addition, the district saw 23 schools make significant improvements from the 2018-19 school year.

“The district’s 2018-19 state report card reaffirms that the district continues to be on a positive trajectory,” Superintendent Michelle Langenfeld said. “We saw significant movement on our school report cards, including  21 schools either exceeding or significantly exceeding expectations – more than doubling the number of schools in these categories in the 2017-18 school year.”

DPI report card scores are based on four areas of focus: student achievement, growth in academic achievement, closing gaps between student groups and college and career readiness.

The report cards are designed to hold districts accountable for their performance year-to-year.

Twenty-nine of the district’s 42 schools have a meets or exceeds expectations rating.

Eight schools received a meets few expectations rating, including Howe Elementary, Eisenhower Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Franklin Middle, Washington Middle, Edison Middle, Preble High and Southwest High schools.

Washington received the lowest rating of 53.2.

No school in the district fell into the fails to meet expectations category, a decrease from three in the 2017-18 school year.

“I am grateful to the district’s administrators, teachers and support staff for their hard work to help all students succeed,” Langenfeld said. “In the last few years, the district and our community have worked in partnership, investing in innovative ways to engage and support all students. The district’s school report cards demonstrate that these efforts are working.”

District Director of Assessment Stephen Miller said improvements in math scores in grades third through fifth and eighth had a positive impact on the report card.

In addition, Miller said the district continues to see improvements in closing the achievement gap.

Lori Blakeslee, director of communications for the district, said over the next few months, the district will review the data from the state report cards and use the information to guide school success plans.

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