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Area school districts received passing marks on Tuesday, Sept. 17, when the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released its school report cards for every district and school in the state.

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St. Croix Central and Somerset districts received “Meets Expectations” ratings, while the New Richmond School District scored an “Exceeds Expectations” rating.

New Richmond Superintendent Jeff Moberg was pleased with the rating his district received as a whole, as well as how each school scored individually.

“We’re happy with that, but we still want to work to improve and keep moving up the line toward the top tier of ‘Significantly Exceeds,’” Moberg said. “We’ve done a lot of work focusing on reading and math both curriculum and instruction in trying to find ways to help students continue to achieve even better than we are.”

New Richmond’s districtwide score of 75.2 places the district in the second-highest of five categories: Significantly Exceeds Expectations (83-100), Exceeds Expectations (73-82.9), Meets Expectations (63-72.9), Meets Few Expectations (53-62.9) and Fails to Meet Expectations (0-52.9).

The districtwide scores are comprised of the following four main areas (with state averages in parentheses): Student Achievement (66.1), Student Growth (60.6), Closing Gaps (66.8) and On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness (84.9).

New Richmond scored above the state average in all categories, while St. Croix Central and Somerset were both slightly behind the average in Student Growth. According to DPI documents, “Student Growth describes how much student knowledge of reading and mathematics in the district changes from year to year. It uses a point system that gives positive credit for students progressing toward higher performance levels, and negative credit for students declining below proficiency.”

Also shown on the districtwide report cards are the last five years’ of Wisconsin Student Assessment System Percent Proficient and Advanced scores for reading and mathematics. New Richmond’s numbers were down in both categories from last year, but still well above state averages. Both Somerset and St. Croix Central saw followed similar trends.

View the school report cards for yourself at https://apps2.dpi.wi.gov/reportcards.

NEW RICHMOND

Overall Accountability Score and Rating: 75.2 - Exceeds Expectations

Student Achievement: 70.6

Student Growth: 65.3

Closing Gaps: 75.7

On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness: 89.2

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New Richmond High School

Overall Accountability Score and Rating: 73.3 - Exceeds Expectations

Student Achievement: 71.9

Student Growth: NA

Closing Gaps: 64.6

On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness: 88.4

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New Richmond Middle School

Overall Accountability Score and Rating: 70.9 - Meets Expectations

Student Achievement: 70.9

Student Growth: 59.2

Closing Gaps: 65.9

On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness: 90.8

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Starr Elementary School

Overall Accountability Score and Rating: 72.4 - Meets Expectations

Student Achievement: 63

Student Growth: 70.2

Closing Gaps: 69.7

On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness: 86.5

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Paperjack Elementary School

Overall Accountability Score and Rating: 73.9 - Exceeds Expectations

Student Achievement: 71.1

Student Growth: 67.3

Closing Gaps: 68

On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness: 89.4

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Hillside Elementary School

Overall Accountability Score and Rating: 74.9 - Exceeds Expectations

Student Achievement: 74.9

Student Growth: 75.4

Closing Gaps: 61.2

On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness: 88

ST. CROIX CENTRAL

Overall Accountability Score and Rating: 72.9 - Meets Expectations

Student Achievement: 70.3

Student Growth: 60

Closing Gaps: 70.9

On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness: 90.3

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St. Croix Central High School

Overall Accountability Score and Rating: 76.3 - Exceeds Expectations

Student Achievement: 73.2

Student Growth: NA

Closing Gaps: 70.4

On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness: 89.6

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St. Croix Central Middle School

Overall Accountability Score and Rating: 74.9 - Exceeds Expectations

Student Achievement: 67.7

Student Growth: 64.7

Closing Gaps: 75.2

On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness: 92

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St. Croix Central Elementary School

Overall Accountability Score and Rating: 70.9 - Meets Expectations

Student Achievement: 74

Student Growth: 55

Closing Gaps: 63.8

On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness: 90.6

SOMERSET

Overall Accountability Score and Rating: 70.3 - Meets Expectations

Student Achievement: 65.6

Student Growth: 58.8

Closing Gaps: 69

On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness: 88

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Somerset High School

Overall Accountability Score and Rating: 71.2 - Meets Expectations

Student Achievement: 66.8

Student Growth: NA

Closing Gaps: 63.2

On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness: 89.7

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Somerset Middle School

Overall Accountability Score and Rating: 69 - Meets Expectations

Student Achievement: 66.4

Student Growth: 52.5

Closing Gaps: 69.1

On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness: 87.9

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Somerset Elementary School

Overall Accountability Score and Rating: 72.4 - Meets Expectations

Student Achievement: 63.7

Student Growth: 71.4

Closing Gaps: 67.9

On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness: 86.6

REGIONAL COMPARISONS

Middle Border Schools

1. Durand: 78

2. Ellsworth: 76.2

3. New Richmond: 75.2

4. Amery: 73.6

5. Prescott: 73.3

6. Osceola: 72.3

7. Somerset: 70.3

8. Baldwin-Woodville: 68.4

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Dunn-St. Croix Schools

1. Glenwood City: 76.3

2. Boyceville: 74.7

3. Elk Mound: 73.8

4. St. Croix Central: 72.9

4. Mondovi: 72.9

6. Colfax: 72.7

7. Spring Valley: 69.5

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Big Rivers Schools

1. River Falls: 80.8

2. Hudson: 75.3

3. Rice Lake: 72

4. Menomonie: 71.9

5. Eau Claire: 70.4

6. Superior: 68.2

7. Chippewa Falls: 67.8

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Micheal Foley
Micheal Foley joined RiverTown Multimedia in July 2013 and serves as editor at the New Richmond News. In the past he has worked at several news outlets including Patch.com in Hudson, Wis., the Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., the Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire, Wis., and the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minn. He began his career as a Marine Corps journalist. He served as a reporter and photographer in Okinawa, Japan, and editor of the base newspaper at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls.
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