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Location: Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, United States

Monday, June 12, 2006

"Money for nothing, and your summers free"

The Beaver Dam Unified School District may promote "Learning for a Lifetime," but the way things are headed, it's going to take the students a lifetime to learn what they need to know.

According to the most recent WKCE (Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination) scores, Beaver Dam is a below average district. Worse, it seems the longer the students are in the district, the worse they perform compared to their neighbors in the dairyland.

A look at the numbers:

Reading
3rd Grade
Proficient or Advanced Skills (State) 79%
Proficient or Advanced Skills (BDUSD) 77%

7th Grade
Proficient or Advanced Skills (State) 83%
Proficient or Advanced Skills (BDUSD) 80%

10th Grade
Proficient or Advanced Skills (State) 74%
Proficient or Advanced Skills (BDUSD) 65% (65%)

Mathematics
3rd Grade
Proficient or Advanced Skills (State) 71%
Proficient or Advanced Skills (BDUSD) 80%

7th Grade
Proficient or Advanced Skills (State) 73%
Proficient or Advanced Skills (BDUSD) 76%

10th Grade
Proficient or Advanced Skills (State) 70%
Proficient or Advanced Skills (BDUSD) 66% (67%)

Science (data only available for 8th and 10th grades)
8th Grade
Proficient or Advanced Skills (State) 73%
Proficient or Advanced Skills (BDUSD) 77%

10th Grade
Proficient or Advanced Skills (State) 70%
Proficient or Advanced Skills (BDUSD) 61% (64%)

Some might argue, "You can't count the numbers from the Charter School students!" Ok, we'll exclude those.
Now take another look at the data above. The number in parentheses shows 10th grade students only at BDHS.

"Houston, we have a problem."

Contrary to this post's title, no, I don't entirely blame the teachers for the problem. It's partly their fault, but the blame also has to go to district administration for failing to creating a solid 12+ year educational system in Beaver Dam, and to parents for failing to support their child's education enough.

Still, given the recent approval of another round of teacher raises, it makes you wonder, "how good are these guys?"