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Hamilton achievement high in State School Report Card

Wisconsin School Report Cards were released, and the Hamilton School District’s achievement once again was strong and among the top 2% in the state. In the category of district achievement score, Hamilton was the seventh highest among Wisconsin’s 367 K-12 school districts.

School Report Cards are based on four priority areas: student achievement in English language arts and mathematics; student growth; target group outcomes for students with the lowest test scores; and measures that indicate if students are on track to graduate including absenteeism, graduation and attendance rates as well as third grade reading and eighth grade mathematics achievement.

The larger the percentage of district’s students who are economically disadvantaged, the more the growth measure contributes to its overall score. This allows schools and districts to be rewarded for advancing students’ progress regardless of their starting level. The target group outcomes priority area was designed to help focus support on the learners who need it most, while also improving outcomes for all students.

Using all these measures, Hamilton ranked 18th among 367 Wisconsin school districts in overall accountability.

Of the four measures, Hamilton excelled most in the student achievement area. Among the 367 K-12 school districts in the state, Hamilton had the:

  • seventh highest district achievement score;
  • seventh highest mathematics score; and
  • sixth highest reading and language arts results.

The overall accountability score rates schools on a scale of 0 to 100 and places them in one of five categories: significantly exceeds expectations (83-100), exceeds expectations (70-82.9) meets expectations (58-69.9), meets few expectations (48-57.9) and fails to meet expectations (47.9 and below.)

The district’s four elementary schools — Lannon, Maple Avenue, Marcy and Woodside — earned the top designation of “significantly exceeds expectations.” Silver Spring Intermediate School, Templeton Middle School and Hamilton High School were designated as “exceeds expectations.”

“Once again, the Hamilton School District performed quite well on the State Report Card,” said Hamilton Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D. “This is one measure to assess the district’s performance, but it is an important one that illuminates the successes to build upon and areas to pinpoint for future focus.”

“Hamilton continues to achieve at high levels because of the commitment of our students, the hard work and dedication of our staff, and the strong support from our families,” Mielke said.