State Superintendent Stanford Taylor calls achievement gap a crisis

Wisconsin’s results on the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card, remained statistically unchanged for public school students in tested subjects and grade levels, in a year when the nation saw significant declines on three out of four measures, State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor said this week. However, the tests showed that Wisconsin has the nation’s highest black-white student achievement gap in reading and math at grades 4 and 8, which Stanford Taylor described as a crisis.

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Ripon’s Rachel Thorson honored as a 2019 Knowles Teaching Fellow

WEAC Region 5 member Rachel Thorson, who teaches chemistry at Ripon High School, has been selected by the Knowles Teacher Initiative as a member of its 2019 cohort of Teaching Fellows. “I chose teaching because I had teachers that helped me out and am doing my best to pay it forward,” she said. “Additionally, I love the intellectual pursuit of communicating science in a way that does its wonder justice.”

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Spotlight on Locals: West Salem Education Association

The West Salem Education Association believes there is no better way to help people understand the value of the union than to talk with them face-to-face. “In the West Salem Education Association, we provide opportunities for all educators to grow. We are working to introduce ourselves to our young educators, to share the good work we are doing, and to invite them to grow stronger with us,” WSEA Co-President Ryan Waldhart tells WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen in her latest Spotlight on Locals column.

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Spotlight on Locals: Wausau Education Association

In addition to having dedicated leaders and members who focus on students and the community, the Wausau Education Association credits its success in part to the strong support it gets from the national, state and region unions. “Our work in membership growth has been a collaborative effort,” WEA Vice President Deb Foster tells WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen in her latest Spotlight on Locals column. “We’d like to thank the National Education Association (NEA), the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), and Region 2 for investing in our local for the organizing project to grow our membership. Your confidence in us has made all the difference in our success.”

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Legislative Update: October 17

The Senate Education Committee was voting Thursday on a variety of bills including ones related to: Timing of equalization aid payments to school districts, Character Education, Special Education Licensure, Kindergarten Enrollment Counts, Feasibility studies for consolidation or grade sharing, Aid for consolidation or grade sharing, Shared Services, and Dyslexia Guidebook.

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