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February 26, 2016
by: Ted Hamm

Implementing the College Work Readiness Assessment at IDEAS

Dear Parents, Students, Staff, and Friends:

One of our strategic goals as an organization is to develop a comprehensive method for assessing our students. While we value the information that traditional, standardized tests give us, we recognize it is a very limited picture of what a student is capable of. To move this work forward, we will be having our 9th and 10th grade students participate in the CWRA+ (College Career Readiness Assessment) on March 2nd while our 11th graders take the state mandated ACT Workkeys.

The CWRA+ is a national assessment that is intended to measure critical thinking and written communication skills including: analysis and problem solving, scientific and quantitative reasoning, critical reading and evaluation, critiquing an argument, as well as writing effectiveness and mechanics.The assessment itself takes 90 minutes and consists of a performance task and selected response questions.  For a brief overview, please take a look at the Student Guide, I recently shared with our students.  I encourage you to take a look at the sample assessment and see how you do. After you take it, I would be interested in your thoughts.  

This assessment, like all others, will inform what we teach and how we teach it. We review all of our assessments and determine what we are doing well, as well as what we need to improve on. This specific assessment will provide us feedback on how our students compare against other high school students in the country in the areas of critical thinking and written communication. Additionally, we will use this assessment to gauge individual student’s growth over the years having our students take this assessment again as juniors. These results will be shared with parents and students.

The CWRA+ is only one step towards our larger goal of finding a more comprehensive way of assessing our students and our schools. Over the next year we will be working with Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center to find other ways to assess our students and our schools. We are committed to our students, their achievement, and to our continuously improving as an organization. As we take these steps forward, we will keep you informed.




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February 21, 2016
by: Ted Hamm

Charter Contract Renewal: IDEAS Academy Goals

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Dear Parents, Students, Staff, and Friends,

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August 30, 2015
by: Ted Hamm

Creating Space and Time to Establish a School Culture

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The first week of school is an opportunity to convey our beliefs and expectations not only through our words, but by what we do. Since the inception of the Étude High School, we have put a great deal of time and thought into how we start the school year - involving students in the processes of creating our school culture and engaging in the intellectual work we expect of them. It is through these actions that we initiate a strong school culture and an in depth intellectual culture.

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September 16, 2014
by: Ted Hamm

State Report Card

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Last year the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction implemented a reporting system which gives an annual report card to each public school in the state.

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September 1, 2014
by: Ted Hamm

Open Letter to IDEAS Academy Students

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I am writing to you on the eve of our 2014-2015 school year at IDEAS Academy, because I have worked with teachers and students over the...

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