Principal Corner

2018 State testing results are in!
Mrs. Jessica Ringgenberg

The South Dakota Department of Education has been very busy gathering data collected from the 2018 testing season.  They have released this year’s annual report card a little later than usual, but with good reason as the report card has taken on a whole new look with the inclusion of ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act.)  Data collected includes a schools’ state testing data, attendance records, ACT and NCRC test scores, and more to analyze schools in order to produce each school’s report card.   Our job as districts is to analyze the data presented in the report card and use it to guide decisions about our curriculum and teaching.

According to this year’s report, the Frederick Area School remains above the state average in many of the areas listed above.  Our district wide math target for 2018 was to be 70.25% proficient.   We fell short of this goal with 61% of students scoring at proficient levels in mathematics.  The district wide ELA (English Language Arts) goal was for 73% of our students to be at or above standard.  Again, we were just shy of this district goal at a rate of 69% of our student meeting proficiency in ELA.  However, it should be pointed out that state averages for math were 47% and ELA was 55% and we are well above those state average goals!

School attendance reports are analyzed in our score reports for Elementary and Junior High.  I am happy to say that we have increased our attendance score with 96% of our students being present in school 90% of the time!  This is up from the 82% of students who met this goal last year.   As I stated before, attendance is an important contributor to academic success.  Attendance is even a higher indicator of high school success than the academic scores provided above.  For these reasons, the SD DOE includes it in its annual report card.  We hope that as families and community supporters, we can work together to increase school attendance and thus increasing student success.

Schools are also given a school performance or overall score based on points earned for various assessments.  Our School Performance Index Scores for the 2017-2018 school year are:  Elementary-72%, Junior High-66%, and High School 82%.  Generally speaking, we had another successful year last year. With the extra pushes of school goals in writing, vocabulary, basic math facts, and functions I am hoping to see higher gains this year.

If you are wanting to know more about the Frederick Area School’s Report Card, you can access the report in a few different ways.  We have a link to our report card posted on our school’s webpage.  You may also view the report by visiting  We have done a great job across the district (teachers, staff, students, parents, administrators) in providing a quality education to our students.  With your help, we hope to see continued success throughout the years!