OASD Impacts Oconomowoc #2 Ranking in Top 10 Towns in Wisconsin for Young Families
From parks and trails to great schools and continued growth, Oconomowoc is a choice place to raise a family, according to a recent ranking released this week by a consumer advocacy group. The organization, nerdwallet.com, based out of California, ranked Oconomowoc second out of its top 10 "Best Towns in Wisconsin for Young Families."
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Oconomowoc High School named to Newsweek's prestigious Best High Schools for 2013.
The ranking uses a variety of metrics including graduation rate, the percent of graduates accepted to college and the number of AP and IB tests given per student. The average ACT and IB scores and number of students enrolled in an AP or IB program were considered. The goal of the list, according to Newsweek, is to find the high school that best prepare students for college and career.
OASD Earns Top 10 Ranking for Innovative Use of Technology in National Digital School Districts Survey
For the sixth time, the Oconomowoc Area School District earned a top ten ranking among mid-size school districts for innovative use of technology district-wide. OASD tied for eighth place in the Mid-sized Student Population Districts Category, recognizing districts around the country with enrollment of 3,000-12,000.
“The Oconomowoc Area School District is committed to making learning technologies readily available to all students and teachers,” said Dr. Derick Kiger, Director of Research, Technology and Assessment. “This is evidenced by strategic investments in facilities, technology infrastructure, computer devices, and innovative instructional programs.”
School districts’ use of innovative technologies such as 1:1 laptop initiatives, STEM curriculum and flipped classroom instruction earned top spots in the Center for Digital Education’s and National School Boards Association’s 10th anniversary Digital School Districts Survey. The survey recognizes exemplary school boards’ and districts’ use of technology to govern their district, communicate with students, parents and community and improve the learning environment and district operations.
One of the Most Effective Districts in Wisconsin
The Department of Public Instruction released report cards for each Wisconsin public school in 2012-13. Under the new evaluation system, school performance is judged in several priority areas: student achievement in reading and mathematics, students growth in reading and mathematics, closing achievement gaps in reading and mathematics and graduation/postsecondary readiness.
The report cards indicated that Oconomowoc Area School District has some of the most effective schools in Wisconsin - the district received an Exceeded Expectations score.