For Immediate Release: July 27, 2015

Contact: Rachel Strauch-Nelson (608) 663-1903


Report details progress through year and student achievement outcomes

The Madison Metropolitan School district released its second annual report today, joining school staff, community partners and board members at Elvehjem Elementary today. The report details progress on the district’s strategy to close opportunity gaps and raise achievement for all students.

“Together with our teachers, families, staff and community, we want to be the model of a successful public school district, and we are pleased that we are continuing to make progress,” Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said. “We know we have more work to do, but together we are moving the needle in key areas.”

The report details the district’s progress in the past school year, including key improvements  since the start of the strategic framework:


  • 10 percentage point gains in literacy and math at elementary schools
  • student growth far above the national average in almost every measure
  • graduation rates moving in the right direction, with pockets of accelerated results for student groups
  • more students than ever taking the ACT, with participation 25% above the national average and scores in the 60th percentile nationally


 For more details on key areas of progress, read the full report at

“I’d like to thank all of our dedicated educators for their hard work and dedication this year,” Cheatham said. “As we continue to improve together, we need to work as a community to organize support around them. We believe in our students and we know that if we hold every child to high expectations and support them, they will succeed. We thank our community for joining us in lifting up our students and our educators.”

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