Education panel reports on progress in Oshkosh public schools - July 9 2014

OSHKOSH, WI - The watch dog panel of the community-wide visioning project Oshkosh4Education released a report last month noting significant progress on strategic plan goals in the city's public schools.

The end-of-school-year analysis by the O4E Education Commission lauds the Oshkosh Area School District and the Board of Education for keeping the focus on priorities established in May 2013 through the O4E Community Agreement. The Agreement was created by residents who participated in listening sessions and an online survey in January through March 2013.

In the year since the district formally adopted those priorities as part of its strategic plan, 60 percent of the goals have been accomplished.

"I think what's really exciting is the partnerships made with the business community," said Beth Wyman, chair of the O4E Education Commission. "We have opened the doors of communication with employers so that graduates will have the right skills, or be pointed in the right direction to gain the right skills, to meet job demands right here in our own community."

A tremendous amount of progress has been made in a relatively short timeframe since the OASD Strategic Plan was adopted, Wyman said, noting that the passing of the referendum in April has made it possible to proceed with many more important pieces of the plan.

While the Commission acknowledged sweeping success across all areas, it also pointed out a large number of students lost to open enrollment and a decline in eighth-grade reading scores are concerns.

The OASD Strategic Plan shows the follow completion rates:

Priority 1: Support and recognize the value of our quality teachers by all community members.
70% complete

Priority 2: Working together to achieve a common goal.
71% complete

Priority 3: Communication.
65% complete

Priority 4: Equity among schools.
60% complete

Priority 5: Team with groups within the community to develop educational experiences.
44% complete.

The OASD Strategic Plan update and the O4E Education Commission report are available online at www.Oshkosh4Education.org/news. The complete OASD Strategic Plan also is available online at

The O4E Education Commission, a volunteer panel consisting of 25 members representing all sectors of the community, meets quarterly to review progress on the strategic plan, and holds an Annual Report to the Community event each fall with a complete progress report.

About Oshkosh4Education
Oshkosh4Education is a continuation of the 2009 Visioning and Branding, directed by a committee that includes representatives of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, Oshkosh Area School District, Chamber of Commerce, City of Oshkosh, Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Fox Valley Technical College, the Oshkosh Northwestern, Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh, and Propel. It is the largest community engagement project in support of the public education undertaken in Oshkosh. Oshkosh4Education is supported by the Oshkosh Community Education Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.

About the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation
The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization created by and for the people of Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County and Ripon. Through charitable giving, the Foundation strives to make our communities thrive. For more information, please call 920-426-3993.


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