District embraces higher standards that show more work needs to be done across state
Most MPS schools rated in new state report cards are growing student achievement better than or at least roughly as well as the state as a whole.
But as expected, the new Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction school report cards show that schools across the state – including those in Milwaukee Public schools – must do more to prepare students for college and career success.
That’s because the report cards use state standardized tests from fall 2009, fall 2010 and fall 2011 – and re-score them using a tougher standard for success, one based upon the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The higher standard does not mean students have achieved less than was first reported when test scores were released – it means they must achieve more to be prepared for college and careers.
“We embrace higher standards because our students and parents deserve them. The results are not unexpected because we know we’ve seen growth in academic achievement but we also know we have much more work to do. And we know that the steps we are taking in Milwaukee Public Schools will help our students meet those higher standards,” MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said.
Those steps include:
– Continued implementation of the district’s Comprehensive Literacy Plan and Comprehensive Math/Science Plan tied to the rigorous Common Core State Standards adopted in Wisconsin and more than 40 other states
– Increased use of data to grow student achievement
– Expanded use of a strong model to identify and grow excellent teaching
– An improved tutoring program with highly-qualified teachers and more tutoring hours – and the development of 10 new MPS GE Foundation Demonstration Schools to develop innovative methods for using the Common Core to improve student achievement