For Immediate Release: February 23, 2015

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

Review Shows Progress on Strategic Framework


The Madison Metropolitan School District has strengthened tailored support to schools, provided professional development on race and equity and honed in on great teaching and teacher planning time in the second quarter of the school year. These and other accomplishments are included in the district’s second quarterly review of progress for the 2014-15 school year.


“Our strategy, as captured in our strategic framework, is aimed at eliminating the gaps in opportunity that lead to disparities in achievement,” Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said. “We want to be a model public school district, one that demonstrates what it looks like to serve all students and families well – and we’re excited about the progress that we’ve made this quarter.”


Every quarter, the district conducts a deep review of progress in order to identify strengths and challenges, collaboratively problem-solve and make adjustments where needed. The review begins with school teams, then central office, the Board of Education and a public report to the community.


This quarter’s report show’s progress through strong implementation of school improvement plans, continued learning around the district’s definition of great teaching and progress on the district’s five priority areas, to provide schools with the tools and resources they need to be successful and to remove institutional barriers that stand in the way.


Read more about the district’s progress in the full quarterly review at