Check out these South Shore headlines, including an article on South Milwaukee’s strong performance in the state school report cards, the potential for a new state office building in South Milwaukee, a celebration of the Rocket boys’ cross-country team, a new operator for Willowcrest Care Center, and more …
- South Milwaukee’s School Report Card Shoots up (NOW)
- South Milwaukee Wants State to Consider Caterpillar Site for New Office Building (BizTimes)
- South Milwaukee Runners Reflect on Third-Place Finish at State Meet (NOW)
- North Shore Takes Over 23 Assisted Living Facilities (Beloit Daily News)
- Cudahy May Restructure Health Department (NOW)
- What’s Next for Oak Creek Water? (NOW)
Also, NOW has published a new police blotter.
More on the school report cards from the article …
From 2015-2016 to 2016-2017, South Milwaukee raised its overall district score more than 10 points, moving the district from “meets expectations” to “exceeds expectations.” In this year’s report card, the district earned a score of 73.3 overall, when last year the overall score was 63.1.
“I would say we were pleasantly surprised with the final calculations,” said South Milwaukee Director of Instruction Ann Ecker. “Our students are making growth, and so that is really encouraging for us seeing that progress.”
Ecker said that the district saw encouraging progress in the Forward Exam and MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) tests, so this score increase did not come as a big surprise. The past few years, the district has updated its K-8 reading and writing curriculum and now has a new math curriculum. Paired with an emphasis in literacy in every subject and on professional development, these changes are some of the biggest causes for the score increase, Ecker said.
The district’s scores in priority areas reflected this emphasis on reading, writing and math, as well. In 2015-2016, the district scored 45.2 in the growth category, but in the most recent report card, the district brought that score up to 73.6. District Growth represents student improvement over time in reading and math.