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December 11, 2017

11/30/2017 12:12:00 PM
Mineral Point Unified School District tops county schools again
Brooke Bechen
Reporter/News and Features

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released last week their state report cards, based on data collected from the 2016-2017 school year. All five school districts in Iowa County received a passing grade from the state, with Mineral Point again leading the county's schools with their top scores.
Of Iowa County's five school districts, the Mineral Point Unified School District received the highest score of 90.7 - significantly exceeding expectations outlined by the state. Mineral Point also received the highest marks of the county's schools at the elementary, middle and high level, with Mineral Point Elementary School receiving 88.6 (significantly exceeding expectations); Mineral Point Middle School receiving 93.9 (significantly exceeding expectations); and Mineral Point High School receiving 75.6 (exceeds expectations).
The district also received a five-star rating. Contributing to their five-star rating were increases in scores in every priority area compared to last year. The district also scored above the state average in all areas, and were significantly above state averages in the majority of the priority areas.
The four priority areas are student achievement in English language arts and mathematics; student growth in those two areas; closing gaps between student populations; and readiness for graduation and postsecondary success.
The Iowa-Grant School District received the lowest district score of Iowa County's five districts with 66.4 (meeting state expectations). This is a decrease over last year's score of 70.4, and decreases in three of the four priority areas contributed to the lower score. Both Iowa-Grant Elementary/Middle School and Iowa-Grant High School dropped in report card scores over last year, with IGEMS receiving 66.5 (meets expectations) and I-G High School receiving 68.6 (meets expectations).
The lowest scoring elementary school in Iowa County this year is Highland Elementary School, which received a score of 64.1 (meets expectations). This year's score is down several points from last year's elementary school score of 69.1....
See the rest of the story in the November 30, 2017 Chronicle issue.





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