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December 10, 2018

11/23/2018 9:51:00 AM
Barneveld School District receives first five-star report card

From U.S. Highway 18-151, those traveling by the Village of Barneveld can see the improvements being made at the Barneveld School - a referendum-approved construction project progressing as brick walls are erected, support beams are installed and footings are poured in a new section of the building. But positive momentum is building inside the school as well, something district administrator Brett Stousland said is a testament to the hard work being done by teachers.
State Forward Exam scores from last school year, released by CESA #3 in late Oct., are up significantly, showing notable improvement in the areas of reading/language arts and math among students in grades 3-8. And just last week, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released their annual School Report Cards, which showed the Barneveld School District jumping from years of 'meeting expectations' to 'significantly exceeding expectations' this year.
"I am excited for the increase in scores as it validates the hard work our teachers have put forth in their professional growth," Stousland said. "I am proud of our students for responding to the change in expectations over the past several years too."
The district received a score of 84.5, based on data collected for the 2017-2018 school year, which earned the district its first ever five-star rating. Of the seven school districts serving Iowa County, only Mineral Point Unified School District rivaled their high score this year with a score of 87.1.
Barneveld School District also saw an increase in all four areas of the priority outlined on the report cards. Under student achievement, which examined how a students' level of knowledge and skills compared to state standards for English/language arts and mathematics, the district scored a 72.9, an increase of 3.7 over last year's score in that area. It is nearly 10 points higher than the state average score in this area of 63.0.
Under district growth, which is an indicator of how rapidly students are gaining knowledge and skills from year to year, the district's score jumped from 70.8 last year to 78.4 this year, with a significant increase in the score recorded for mathematics growth.
The district's biggest increase within the four priority areas comes in the area of closing gaps, which measures how much the district is closing statewide achievement gaps between student groups such as low-income students, English learners, students with disabilities and members of minority racial or ethnic groups. The district scored a 99.9 this year, compared to the 63.1 score recorded for the 2016-2017 school year.
The final priority area, on-track and postsecondary readiness, measures how successful students are in achieving educational milestones that predict later success, in which the district received a score of 90.2 this year. While graduation and attendance rates factor into this area, most notable is an increase in both the 3rd grade English/language arts achievement and 8th grade mathematics achievement over last year.
According to Stousland, score increases in the areas of English/language arts and mathematics can be traced back to curriculum changes that have occurred in the past few years, with a revamp of the district's literacy program in 2016 and a change in the math curriculum in 2017.
"Over the past three years, we have implemented changes to our literacy program to reflect the needs of our students through leveled books, readers and writer's workshops," Stousland said. "We also invested in a new math curriculum for grades K-8."
Over the past several years, the district also heavily invested in a 1:1 technology program which sees all students utilizing an iPad to complete school work and enhance learning opportunities in the classroom.
"However, it is the people, not the programs that make a difference," Stousland added. "Our teachers have invested countless hours during the school year and summer to grow their skills of understanding of our new programs. It really has been a school-wide effort."
While Stousland and staff in the district are excited about the increase in scores, they also understand the work within a school district always continues.
"We have made significant growth but the work is not over," he said. "We will continue to foster a high level of learning and personal growth with our students and staff."
For more on the DPI's School Report Cards, please visit

Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2018
Article comment by: Margaret Stousland

The supt of Barneveld, Brett Stousland, has history in the area. He is the great-grandson of FW Schoenfeld who was the minister and oversaw the building of the Dodgeville United Church Of Christ and who served the Hyde church along with his two Schoenfeld brothers. Clay Schoenfeld, son of one of the Early Schoenfeld brother, Al, had been instrumental in keeping the Hyde Church open today for weddings and special occasions.such as the recent Xmas gathering. Itís a good human interest story that Brett is now serving Barneveld!

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