Falls Schools Outperforms State Assessment Averages

The Department of Public Instruction recently released results today from the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) exams given during the 2017-18 school year, which shows that students in the School District of Menomonee Falls consistently outperform State averages.

The WSAS consists of the Forward Exam given in grades three through eight, the ACT Plus Writing, given at grade 11, and Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) given across all tested grades to students with significant cognitive disabilities. These assessments are rigorous measures of student academic performance and are designed to measure progress toward grade-level knowledge and skills. Families received their individual student results this past summer.

Menomonee Falls High School juniors took the ACT in English, reading, mathematics, science, and writing. This is the same ACT assessment that students nationwide take as a college admissions exam, and has a solid foundation in measuring college and career readiness. Students had the choice to send their ACT score to up to four colleges or universities at no cost. A small percentage of MFHS juniors took the DLM assessment, which measures the academic progress of students with significant cognitive disabilities. Students received their ACT score reports 3-8 weeks after testing.

According to results released from the Department of Public Instruction, students from the 2017-18 junior class at Menomonee Falls High School (MFHS) outperformed the state average on the ACT. The ACT is graded on a 1-36 scale.  As reported by DPI, 337 MFHS students earned a composite score of 22.1. The highest score earned by a student at MFHS was 35.

“While our students will always be more than a score, these results are further evidence that our students are embracing the challenge of rigorous coursework aligned with their aspirations,” said Corey Golla, Superintendent of Schools for the School District of Menomonee Falls.

“Our students’ academic performance combined with the rich experiences offered in our schools is assuring that our students are more prepared for success after high school than ever before.  Our community should be proud,” Golla said.

ACT assessment measures high school students’ general educational development and their capability to complete college-level work with the multiple choice tests covering four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. All Wisconsin graduating seniors (college prep or not) take the ACT as part of the Wisconsin State Assessment System.

The optional Writing Test measures skill in planning and writing a short essay. Specifically, ACT states that its scores provide an indicator of “college readiness”, and that scores in each of the subtests correspond to skills in entry-level college courses in English, algebra, social science, humanities, and biology.

These assessment results provide important information about what our students know and can do relative to the rigorous standards we maintain at Menomonee Falls High School. In addition to providing parents and our community with a snapshot of our students’ college and career readiness, the statewide assessment results help guide our roadmap for school improvement planning, teacher professional development activities, and closing achievement gaps.


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