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East Side exceeds expectations in school performance

 

September 2, 2017



WORLAND — School performance at East Side improved to exceed expectations in all categories, according to a report presented to Washakie County School District No. 1 the board of trustees Monday night by Curriculum Director Jody Rakness.

The school performance reports are Wyoming Accountability in Education Act documents, Rakness said.

The performance reports show if a school is meeting, partially meeting or exceeding expectations and targets in school performance, growth, equity and achievement. Results for the 2016-2017 school year were released this week from the Wyoming Department of Education.

During the 2015-2016 school year East Side was meeting expectations in all categories except equity, where they were listed as meeting targets.

“This year [2016-2017 school year] it’s all green [exceeding expectation color code from the Wyoming Department of Education]. That’s a tremendous thank you to those teachers and to Mr. [Ken] Dietz (2016-2017 principal). That speaks to the level of attention to every student’s individual learning detail to accomplish that.”

In 2015-2016, South Side was meeting targets in three categories and exceeding in achievement. The recent results show South exceeding expectation in all but equity, where the school was meeting targets. Rakness noted exceeding in growth is “one of the most difficult areas to achieve.” She noted that they were only 1.5 points away from exceeding targets in equity.

West Side remained at partially meeting expectations in school performance, below targets in growth, meeting targets in equity and dropped from meeting targets to below targets in achievement.

Rakness said while West Side was below targets or meeting targets in growth and equity there has been improvement.

“Achievement they met barely last year, but they were right on the edge and this year we’re just a couple of points away from that. It’s one thing to have high achievement but when you’re taking lower-performing, really struggling at-risk kids, the growth score and the equity scorer probably mean more to me. We may have kids who don’t score proficient but they grow every single year, that’s a lot of hard work and that’s a tremendous accomplishment,” Rakness said.

Worland Middle School remained at meeting targets and expectations.

Worland High School was partially meeting expectations, graduation rate was below target and additional readiness was meeting targets, equity was below target and achievement and growth were meeting targets.

Regarding graduation rates, Rakness said WHS was at 85.58 percent, up from the previous year’s 79 percent.

“All of the efforts we have in place have made a difference and will continue to make a difference,” Rakness said, including the addition this year of the alternative program supervisor.

 
 

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