Janesville School Officials Encouraged by Latest State Report Cards

(Janesville, WI) By Nick Crow, Gazette

Officials in the Janesville School District are encouraged by the district’s latest state report card results, but admit there is more work to be done.

“The school district is very pleased with the results again,” Kim Ehrhardt, director of instructional services said. “We’re making strong gains in the student achievement area. We also have a number of schools that are in the high ranking areas.”

The district ranked number two in Rock County behind Evansville and second in the state among the 10 most populated schools behind Appleton.

Ehrhardt said students with disabilities and English language learners are sub-groups that need more development. The Equity In Excellence program, which targets student achievement, should improve scores in those areas, he said.

“Last year was a banner year for us when we look at student achievement, but if we look at the five-year trends we see a forward trajectory in terms of the student achievement scores,” Ehrhardt said.

Harrison Elementary “significantly exceeded expectations,” Kennedy, Madison, Monroe, Roosevelt, Van Buren and Washington Elementary Schools and Craig High School “exceeded expectations” and all other schools in the district met expectations, according to data from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Kimberli Peerenboom, principal at Wilson Elementary School, said her school has been able to improve from a school that “meets few expectations” during 2011-12 to one that has improved its score each of the past two years. She said the school has done this by changing curriculum, how services are delivered and early intervention with students.

“It’s been a three-year process change that we’ve worked through at Wilson,” Peerenboom said.