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School District of West Salem Continues to "Exceed Expectations."

01/27/2022 11:43 am

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released its annual school report cards and the School District of West Salem has continued to exceed expectations. The district received a score of 75.7 out of 100 or four out of five stars, which is considered “Exceeding Expectations,” and the second highest category in the state’s Overall Accountability Ratings.

The overall rating is the highest among public schools in the La Crosse area, just above the school districts of Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau, who scored a 73.5 and Holmen, who scored a 72. DPI urges caution in interpreting the results due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that “up to three years of data are used in assessment-based measures of report cards.”

All three schools within the district posted satisfactory results, with both West Salem Elementary School and West Salem Middle School exceeding expectations and West Salem High School meeting expectations. Each school’s scores are as follows:
West Salem Elementary School, 75.3, Exceeds Expectations (four stars)
West Salem Middle School, 80.6, Exceeds Expectations (four stars)
West Salem High School. 67.9, Meets Expectations (three stars)

Report cards are issued on four priority areas set by DPI, including Achievement, Growth, Target Group Outcomes, and On-track to Graduation. West Salem Director of Curriculum and Instruction Deanna Wiatt gave the following statement, “West Salem School District is very proud of our State Report Card scores released on Tuesday and is celebrating that we exceeded the state averages in both reading and math in all of our schools. The State Report Card is only one part of the big picture that measures the success of our students. We will continue to dig into the data so we can focus our efforts on the areas we can improve and provide the needed resources to make it happen. These scores are a great reflection of the energy and hard work our staff has put into their students, especially during the trying times we have had over the past year and a half. They genuinely serve with a passion that ignites creativity, innovation, and excellence for all of our students!”

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