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Eau Claire (WQOW) - When a student brings home a report
card, it's a good time to talk about what they did well, and where improvements
can be made. The same can apply to an
entire school, because in Wisconsin,
schools are now being graded by the state.
Under new report cards, schools are placed in categories, from fails to
meet expectations to significantly exceeds expectations.
Thursday night, WQOW News 18 went to a
meeting at an Eau Claire
school, where the focus is on the future.
"A focus school
means that there are some areas that we need to grow in," says Lakeshore
Elementary Principal, Colleen Miner.
How do you measure academic success?
Many would argue, there's more than one way.
"We can't just push
it under the rug as just being one score, because it is a measure," says
The new Wisconsin
report cards are part of a program replacing No Child Left Behind. The state's
goal is to raise the graduation rate over the next five years.
Teacher, Tricia Helms, says, "I know there need to be measurements so that
we can be held accountable for what we are teaching kids and what they are
Lakeshore was identified as a school
that's meeting few expectations.
"It is frustrating
to get a report card from the state when it feels like people from the state
are not coming to see what's going on in my classroom," says Helms.
But the school is working to turn a
negative number, into a positive future.
Miner says, "Right
now we're going to receive support from different avenues, we're going to get
support through DPI, through training for our leadership team, and also the
Before the scores were even
released, Lakeshore was addressing a subject the staff already knew was a weak
"Did we know math
was an area? Yes, that's why we hired a math coach and we're the only school in
the Eau Claire Area School district who has a full time coach, just for our building," Miner explains.
Here's another concern, more than
half of the students in the school are considered economically disadvantaged.
Miner says, "Every
student can learn, we just have to help them. They learn in different styles,
we need to just meet them, no matter how much their parents make."
"We realize that we
have a job to do and we're going to do what we can to do what's best for our
students and sometimes that means making sure they've eaten breakfast. It means
making sure they've had a hug that morning, it means making sure that the have
what they need in order to be successful," says Helms.
And while Lakeshore knows progress
must be made, some parents are confident the building blocks are in place to
get the job done.
"I think the
teachers are doing an excellent job here," says Lakeshore parent, John
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