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Victor Haen achieves top ranking; Kaukauna School District exceeds expectations in latest report

Victor Haen Elementary School students learn about the voting process in this photo from the school's Facebook page.
Victor Haen Elementary School students learn about the voting process in this photo from the school’s Facebook page.

KAUKAUNA — Victor Haen Elementary School achieved the top score in the latest school report card released by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

The report cards are based on major changes included in the 2015-’17 state budget and provide a snapshot of school and district performance.

Victor Haen Elementary School earned the “Significantly Exceeds Expectations” distinction.

Electa Quinney Elementary School, New Directions Learning Community, Park Community Charter School and River View Middle School earned a place in the “Exceeds Expectations” category.

Kaukauna High School “Meets Expectations.”

Tanner Early Learning Center has a student body that is too young to take the standardized tests, and therefore, is not included in DPI’s annual review, according to a school district news release.

Combined, the district was in the “Exceeds Expectations” category.

“This distinction is evidence of the academic growth that continues to occur in the Kaukauna Area School District,” Superintendent Mark Duerwaechter was quoted as saying in a news release. “We’re on a continuous path of growth and will continue to rise to each challenge that brings us to each new level. Our staff and students are putting in the work, are achieving success, and continue to grow every day. It’s a proud time for KASD.”

DPI’s School Report Cards are intended to help schools and districts examine data across four priority areas:

* Student Achievement, measured by proficiency in reading and mathematics on state assessments

* Student Growth, measured by year-to-year improvements in achievement

* Closing Gaps in Performance

* On-track and Post-secondary Readiness

Test participation, absenteeism and dropout rates are also measured. KASD’s 2015-2016 District and School Report Cards are available online.

For complete reports, got to the DPI page HERE

Individual report cards by tappingĀ the following links:

Kaukauna Area School District

Kaukauna High School

Victor Haen Elementary School

Electa Quinney Elementary School

New Directions Learning Community

Park Community Charter School

River View Middle School

2015-’16 report cards are not comparable to report cards issued in prior years and do not represent a full picture of the important work taking place in schools throughout the state.

The improvement, coupled with the gains made in our schools, was exciting news for Kaukauna Area School District. Matthew Smith, director of secondary education, was pleased with the district’s progress and continues to look forward.

“Through the lens of continuous improvement, we must recognize that while there is always room for progress and improvement, we are proud of the growth of staff and students that has led us to this achievement. We celebrate our successes as we continue to move forward.”

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