"If it weren't for the dark days, we wouldn't know what it is to walk in the light."
Dear Parents, Families and Students, Friends and Neighbors,
I am excited to share that we have created a new Twitter account to serve as a convenience for our students and families; it will include school closings, educational happenings and reflections, and other postings similar to our Facebook page. We are hoping to continue to refine our use of this tool to communicate upcoming events and positive news about the District. Please follow me on Twitter and/or like us on Facebook for regular updates at https://twitter.com/WUSDSUP #watertownschools or at http://www.facebook.com/WatertownUnifiedSchoolDistrict.
In the next few months, many of you will receive information about your child’s performance on the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE) that is administered to public school students in grades 3-8 and 10 each year. You may recall that last year Wisconsin raised the scores needed for students to reach the basic, proficient, and advanced performance levels in reading and math. As a result, WKCE results will show a significant decline in the number of students considered by this test to be “proficient” or “advanced.”
It is important to note that this does not reflect a change in the abilities of the students, teachers or schools, but rather reflects the higher standards and aspirations Wisconsin has for its students and schools. The new, more rigorous college and career readiness scoring standards match those in other high performing states and will help prepare all Wisconsin students to be college and career ready. These new college and career readiness performance levels are based on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). NAEP, often called the “Nation’s Report Card,” is the largest continuing assessment of what students nationwide can do in core subjects.
For more information on the WKCE scoring and/or college and career readiness skills, please contact your child’s principal or counselor.
Superintendent of Schools