As stated by John Locke, “the improvement of understanding is for two ends first, our own increase of knowledge secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.” On September 16, the Wisconsin Department of Instruction School Report Cards were made public. This data source is one of many that our staff uses to help drive instruction. Here at Prairie Farm, our staff has done a tremendous job of collaborating within core and non-core areas to help our students achieve success at the highest level.

Based on the data charts below, all schools improved which again is a true testament to the partnership between our students, staff, parents, and community as a whole. I also want to reiterate the sentiments of State Superintendent Tony Evers who cautioned that the school and district report cards are not intended to measure everything that “people value in their schools, such as extra-curriculars, music, art, physical education, and career and technical education.” While standing behind the report card as an “important” way of communicating about critical pieces relating to student achievement, growth, and the achievement gap, Evers said, “I’m encouraging parents and community members to really take a look at all the things they value in the school” when making their own judgments about how a school is doing. “In addition,” he said, “the report card is really for one purpose and that is to identify what is good practice in school districts, and what schools are struggling, not so we can punish them: so that we can find ways to help them continue to improve.”

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
District School Report Card Scores

District 2013-14 2012-13
• Barron 68.9 61.0
• Cameron 68.9 65.8
• Chetek-Weyer. 69.5 78.6
• Clayton 68.4 65.4
• Clear Lake 71.4 68.5
• Cumberland 69.5 69.0
• Prairie Farm 71.9 69.1
• Rice Lake 72.0 72.0
• Turtle Lake 67.8 65.3

Please feel free to also visit our School District of Prairie Farm website and under the tab “District News” you will find the report card link listed at the bottom.

Another data tool that we use to help guide our instruction is the ACT PLAN assessment and our local STAR assessments. The same sophomore class that makes up the State Report Card data scored very well on both assessments compared to the WKCE assessment. As I mentioned above, the use of this data is beneficial for our staff to identify gaps and areas that are in need of improvement.

Wisconsin Department of Instruction School Report Cards