Former Superintendent Art Rainwater had not been reviewed for some time.
Former Madison Superintendent Art Rainwater is now working in the UW-Madison School of Education.
Task force member and UW-Madison Professor Mitchell Nathan [Clusty Search] was in attendance along with Terry Millar, a UW-Madison Professor who has been very involved in the Madison School District's math programs for many years. (Former Madison Superintendent Art Rainwater recently joined the UW-Madison Center for Education Research, among other appointments).
I've heard that Madison's Math Task Force will render a report prior to Superintendent Art Rainwater's June 30, 2008 retirement.
Related: Math Forum.
"The fact that we're able to stay close to the state average as our demographics have made dramatic changes, I think is a positive," said Madison schools Superintendent Art Rainwater, who added that the district's "strong instructional program" is meeting many of the challenges of immigrant and low-income students while ensuring that "high fliers are still flying high."
A district analysis shows that when the district's students are compared with their peers across the state, a higher percentage of Madison students continue to attain "advanced" proficiency scores - the highest category.
Madison students who aren't from low-income families "continue to outperform their state counterparts," with higher percentages with advanced scores in reading and math at all seven tested grade levels, the district reported.
long feared that the district's increasingly needy student population, coupled with the state's revenue limits that regularly force the district to cut programs and services, someday will cause test scores to drop sharply.
But so far, he
said, the district's scores are higher than would be expected, based on research examining the effects of poverty and limited English abilities on achievement.
This school year, 43 percent of Madison students are from low-income families eligible for free and reduced-price lunches, while 16 percent of students are classified as English language learners - numbers that are far above those of any other Dane County school district
noted that students with limited English abilities receive little help while taking the reading and language arts tests in English.
Madison Superintendent Art Rainwater attributes the district's performance and trends to the growing population of English language learners in the district.