SASD ‘exceeds expectations’ on Department of Public Instruction report cards for 2020-21 school year

Molly Shea

We are always looking to improve the learning and belonging experience for students at the Stoughton Area School District and find ways to measure our growth.

Before the end of the calendar year, we’d like to reflect on some of the results of our growth and share those with you.

Dear SASD families and staff,

We are always looking to improve the learning and belonging experience for students at the Stoughton Area School District and find ways to measure our growth.

Before the end of the calendar year, we’d like to reflect on some of the results of our growth and share those with you. There are a few key points to keep in mind:

  • Our mission is to meet the needs of all students so they can thrive academically, socially and emotionally, even in unique circumstances. Particularly in the 2020-21 school year, our staff, students and families went above and beyond to support the wellbeing of our school community. We are In This Together, and we look forward to continued growth.

  • All data and reality in the past three school years have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Data is most valuable when we use it to adapt and improve the school experience. Along with celebrating successes, our teams will be working to interpret our outcomes and make adjustments to enhance learning and belonging.

DPI Report Cards

Annually the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) releases report cards for each school district and school as required by Wis. Stat. 115.385. Report cards are one tool we can use to reflect on our strengths and areas for improvement. Report cards were suspended for the 2019-20 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and DPI urges caution when interpreting scores and ratings of the 2020-21 report cards because of the impacts of the pandemic.

At the foundation of the report cards are four priority areas. Schools and districts receive a score for each priority area:

  • Achievement - proficiency in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics on the annual state assessments

  • Growth - year-to-year progress in ELA and math achievement

  • Target Group Outcomes - outcomes for students with the lowest test scores: the Target Group.

  • On-Track to Graduation - reliable predictors of how successfully students are progressing toward completing their K-12 education. 

As a district, we are proud to say that we exceed expectations with a score of 72.6 based on the four priority areas above.

100 percent of our five schools either meet expectations or exceed expectations on their school report cards. Three schools exceed expectations - Stoughton High School, Fox Prairie Elementary School, and Sandhill Elementary School.

As indicated in our report cards, there are areas of growth around success for all students. We continue with a focus on our equity work and our multi-level systems of support to work to increase achievement for all students.

Fall Family Survey

Additionally, we recently conducted a Fall Family Survey to understand the school experience from a guardian’s perspective across the district. We are thankful to our school community for the high rate of participation.

An overview of your input will be shared at the Board of Education meeting on Monday, December 20 at 6:30 p.m. In the meantime, our school leadership teams will have time to view and interpret the data, identify both areas of celebration and growth, and create a plan using the data for the rest of this school year and next school year. We look forward to sharing our strengths and areas of improvement with you.

To view our DPI report cards, visit https://apps2.dpi.wi.gov/reportcards/ Select “Stoughton Area” as the school district. You can then view the district’s overview or each individual school’s report card.

Sincerely,
Dr. Tim Onsager, District Administrator

CONTACT US

Dr. Dan Keyser
District Administrator
(608) 877-5002
Dan.Keyser@stoughton.k12.wi.us 

Cate Urbas
Executive Assistant to the District Administrator
(608) 877-5002
Cate.Urbas@stoughton.k12.wi.us 

Abbey.Sharp
Community Information and Resource Coordinator
(608) 877-5020
Abbey.Sharp@stoughton.k12.wi.us