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School District of New Berlin Reading, Math Scores Reach Five-Year High
West, Eisenhower move up again on "America's Most Challenging High Schools" list
Students in the School District of New Berlin (SDNB) have increased performance in reading and math, according to Wisconsin Knowledge & Concept Exam (WKCE) scores released by the State Department of Public Instruction. The percentage of SDNB students who are proficient or advanced has reached a five-year high.
The majority of SDNB students - 73.2 percent - are proficient or advanced in math, exceeding the state average by 24.6 points. Fifty-three percent are proficient or advanced in reading, exceeding the state average by 16.5 points.
Last year the State changed cut scores for students to reach the proficient and advanced levels on the WKCE. This change raised the bar for Wisconsin schools and is in preparation for a new, more-rigorous state test, Smarter Balanced, to be implemented next school year. Scores for years prior to 2012-13 were recalculated to reflect the new cut scores.
"These results show we are achieving our District goal of increasing student performance to ensure all students are prepared for college, careers and future opportunities," said Superintendent Joe Garza.
Garza said the District's continuous improvement process involves putting structures and resources in place to support increasing content knowledge and skills in all content areas. Frequent data analysis enables teachers to provide interventions and extensions to students to allow them to achieve at the highest level possible.
"We are proud to recognize our students for their hard work, our teachers and staff for their commitment to excellence, and our parents and community members for their support," Garza said.
Washington Post Challenge index scores also continue to increase
SDNB also is celebrating a recent Washington Post report that shows New Berlin West and Eisenhower are among the most challenging high schools in the nation based on Advanced Placement test participation.
West ranked as the fourth most challenging high school in Wisconsin and Eisenhower as the fifth in the 2014 "America's Most Challenging High Schools" index. Eisenhower and West continue to rise on the ranking list each year.
According to the Post, "the Challenge index is designed to identify schools that have done the best job in persuading average students to take college-level courses and tests."
America's Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index formula that's a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. A ratio of 1.000 means the school had as many tests as graduates.
See how West and Eisenhower ranked in the State of Wisconsin:
Superintendent Garza said the District is honored to be consistently recognized by the Post for challenging its students. "All students - at all learning levels - should experience rigor and relevance in their high school coursework," Garza said. "We are focused on college and career readiness for each student we serve."