Whitewater’s ACT Scores

Yesterday, I posted on the below-average ACT participation rate for Whitewater.  As with last year, the Whitewater Schools want to tout a high average ACT score, but only while concealing a low participation rate.  See, Whitewater’s ACT Participation Rate Near the Bottom of Area Schools. A few remarks on the latest results. Competency on the…

The Better, Reasoned Approach on ACT Scores

There’s been ongoing discussion about the ACT test results at our high school. Among a smaller percentage of students, those scores are higher over these last two years. That’s good news for those who actually took the test. Results require a context; the fitting context for scores is the participation rate of students taking a…

Whitewater’s ACT Scores and Participation Rates

Last week, I wrote about the lower number of students who were taking the ACT at Whitewater High School.  Although the scores are higher, fewer students are taking the test.  That’s to the credit of students taking the test (and those teaching them), but it’s an unfavorable sign for the district. See, What’s Being Done is…

The Better Way on Standardized Scores

Post 2 in a weekly series.  I’ve written previously about our schools’ touting of ACT scores based on a selective presentation of those standardized test results.  There’s an irony in this: I consider standardized scores an imperfect measure of actual learning, and have written about them mostly in response to others’ repeated and superficial twisting of the…

Whitewater’s ACT Participation Rate Near the Bottom of Area Schools

The latest ACT scores for area schools are out, and when one looks at the data with care, one sees that Whitewater yet again lags area schools in the proportion of students taking that test.   Relying only on the scores, without thought to the participation level, would be a superficial gloss on a result that deserves…

An Opportunity at Whitewater High (Part 2)

I posted before on the impending departure of Whitewater High’s principal, as he will be leaving the district for another job. (See, An Opportunity at Whitewater High.) Three points deserve follow-up. First, one judges a process – in this case a hiring process – through both its fairness and its efficacy. Of course the district…

James Fallows on ‘Eleven Signs a City Will Succeed’ (Part 2)

I wrote yesterday about James Fallows‘s ‘Eleven Signs a City Will Succeed.’  Today’s post considers whether his list applies to Whitewater, and how Whitewater fares if items on the list – at least in part – apply to our small city. One word of caution applies to Fallows’s list: it was compiled after he visited cities larger than Whitewater.…

Borsuk on Testing

Post 8 in a weekly series. In January, Alan Borsuk, a senior fellow in law and public policy at Marquette University Law School, wrote an essay in the Journal Sentinel about Wisconsin’s mercurial standardized-testing regime.  See, Wisconsin grades as proficient in standardized testing chaos. Borsuk observes the scene over the last few years: The standardized tests a few hundred thousand…

Whitewater YES is Right, for Now

Over at the Whitewater YES for Education Facebook page, they’ve a post describing the WUSD budget proposal in supportive terms. Here’s part of what they have to say: ….The school board reviewed the District Leadership Team’s (DLT) program and staffing proposal at the April 20 board study session. The DLT created a proposal that aligned…

On the Whitewater Schools

Today is the first of a series of posts about the upcoming, contested WUSD board elections.  Three candidates are running for two seats: Kelly Davis, Dan McCrea, and Jim Stewart.  In today’s post, I’ll summarize some of my own views. (I’ve been direct these last several years; it makes sense to state one’s convictions plainly,…

What’s Being Done is More than Just a (Sketchy) Number

A good discussion about education is one about substantive work in academics, athletics, and art (an expansive curriculum). A few days ago, press releases touted the ACT scores of some of our students over the last three years. The data showed progress from 2011 to 2014, as against the statewide ACT average. They’re good scores;…

Corrections

Corrections   3.29.16 Added numbers 1-4 to an enumerated list of points in post on Referenda. 2.11.16  Fixed typo in post about AG Schimel’s support for assault reporting amnesty – removed stray word (‘of’) in last sentence. 2.4.16 Meeting dates corrected from 2.3 to 2.4. 2.2.16 Corrected spelling of roaring-lion-avoidance policy. 2.1.16 Post on Answers…

Daily Bread for 11.9.17

Good morning. Thursday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of thirty-eight. Sunrise is 6:40 AM and sunset 4:36 PM, for 9h 56m 15s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous with 64.9% of its visible disk illuminated. Today is the three hundred sixty-fifth day.Days since Trump’s election, with 11.9.16 as the first day.…

Daily Bread for 10.3.17

Good morning. Tuesday in Whitewater will be mostly cloudy with a high of eighty. Sunrise is 6:55 AM and sunset 6:31 PM, for 11h 35m 46s of daytime. The moon is a waxing gibbous with 945.2% of its visible disk illuminated. Today is the three hundred twenty-eighth day.Days since Trump’s election, with 11.9.16 as the…

A Worthy Achievement for Whitewater: A National Blue Ribbon School

One sometimes hears good news, but occasionally, through others’ hard work, one fortunately hears the very best news. Today, for Whitewater, there’s the very best news: National Blue Ribbon Honors Announced for 342 Schools U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today recognized 342 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017. The recognition is based on a…

The Erosion of Political Norms (Part 3 in a Series)

Consider the childhood experience of Kristina Rizga: When I was about 10, a classmate in my small-town school in Latvia liked to tell me in between classes that he hated Jews. I was the only Jewish kid in school, and one day as I walked home I heard steps behind me. My eyes caught his, and…

Daily Bread for 9.5.17

Good morning. Tuesday in Whitewater will see a high of sixty-four and a four-in-ten chance of showers. Sunrise is 6:25 AM and sunset 7:21 PM, for 12h 56m 07s of daytime. The moon is nearly full, with 99.4% of its visible disk illuminated. Today is the three hundredreth day.Days since Trump’s election, with 11.9.16 as…

Daily Bread for 9.2.17

Good morning. Saturday in Whitewater will be mostly cloudy with a high of sixty-eight. Sunrise is 6:21 AM and sunset 7:26 PM, for 13h 04m 33s of daytime. The moon is a waxing gibbous with 85.8% of its visible disk illuminated. Today is the two hundred ninety-seventh day.Days since Trump’s election, with 11.9.16 as the first day.…

Daily Bread for 8.28.17

Good morning. Monday in Whitewater will see thunderstorms with a high of seventy-two. Sunrise is 6:16 AM and sunset 7:34 PM, for 13h 18m 29s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent with 42.5% of its visible disk illuminated. Today is the two hundred ninety-second day.Days since Trump’s election, with 11.9.16 as the first day.…

Daily Bread for 8.25.17

Good morning. Friday in Whitewater will be mostly sunny with a high of seventy-two. Sunrise is 6:13 AM and sunset 7:39 PM, for 13h 26m 43s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent with 16.2% of its visible disk illuminated. Today is the two hundred eighty-ninth day.Days since Trump’s election, with 11.9.16 as the…