Westby Elementary

Summary:

Westby Elementary is a public elementary school serving 283 students in grades PK-4 in Westby, Wisconsin, which is part of the Westby Area School District. While the school generally performs better than the district and state averages on standardized tests, it has faced some challenges, including inconsistent rankings, gender-based performance gaps, and socioeconomic disparities.

One of Westby Elementary's strengths is the performance of its special education students, who consistently rank in the top 10-15% of Wisconsin elementary schools. However, the school has seen a significant increase in chronic absenteeism rates, from 4.0% in 2018-2019 to 12.0% in 2022-2023, which is higher than the state average. Additionally, Westby Elementary's statewide ranking and SchoolDigger rating have fluctuated over the years, ranging from 346th (3 stars) in 2021-2022 to 599th (2 stars) in 2022-2023, suggesting inconsistent performance across different years and metrics.

Compared to nearby schools, Westby Elementary generally performs better than Coon Valley Elementary, which is also part of the Westby Area School District. However, it lags behind some other nearby schools, such as Bangor Elementary and Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton Elementary, which have higher rankings and ratings. This suggests that there is room for improvement at Westby Elementary to reach the level of higher-performing schools in the region.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-4

 122 Nelson St
       Westby, WI  54667


(608) 634-0500

District: Westby Area School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
599th of 1,067 Wisconsin Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,247 Help


Students who attend Westby Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Westby Middle
High:    Westby High

Student/teacher ratio:  11.9 Help
Number of students:  283

Racial breakdown:

White:
94.3%
Hispanic:
2.5%
Two or more races:
2.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  37.1% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Westby Elementary ranks worse than 56.1% of elementary schools in Wisconsin. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 50.55. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (94.3%), Hispanic (2.5%), two or more races (2.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 37.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Westby Elementary is 11.9. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Westby Elementary is $14,247.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Westby Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Westby Elementary 599th of 1067 Wisconsin public elementary schools. (See Westby Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


Special Education students:
Low Socio Economic Status students:
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Male students:


Westby Area School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Westby Area School District 242nd of 424 Wisconsin school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Westby Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Westby Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2008 37.19 790th 1021 22.6%
2009 52.45 595th 1030 42.2%
2010 49.87 679th 1045 35.0%
2011 56.86 542nd 1046 48.2%
2012 52.81 622nd 1045 40.5%
2013 46.01 679th 1053 35.5%
2014 44.97 696th 1061 34.4%
2015 46.84 678th 1076 37.0%
2016 41.44 715th 1075 33.5%
2017 38.81 730th 1071 31.8%
2018 46.93 618th 1025 39.7%
2019 49.66 592nd 1037 42.9%
2021 61.48 403rd 1050 61.6%
2022 65.98 346th 1067 67.6%
2023 50.55 599th 1067 43.9%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Westby Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 50.23 337th 721 53.3%
2019 87.03 35th 742 95.3%
2023 78.82 82nd 770 89.4%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Westby Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 42.30 528th 854 38.2%
2019 24.76 742nd 874 15.1%
2021 61.91 254th 847 70.0%
2022 61.08 290th 859 66.2%
2023 34.75 628th 871 27.9%
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Rank History for Female students at Westby Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 50.16 567th 997 43.1%
2019 61.50 393rd 1002 60.8%
2021 66.66 310th 1004 69.1%
2022 54.01 498th 1017 51.0%
2023 36.88 714th 1010 29.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Westby Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.69 587th 997 41.1%
2019 40.91 668th 1002 33.3%
2021 55.21 492nd 1003 50.9%
2022 73.80 221st 1017 78.3%
2023 63.87 365th 1011 63.9%
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Rank History for White students at Westby Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 36.76 512th 718 28.7%
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Data source: test scores: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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Enrollment information for Westby Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 516 1 7 n/a 2 n/a n/a 0 526
1990 534 0 8 1 1 n/a n/a 0 544
1991 548 0 8 0 1 n/a n/a 0 557
1992 563 0 5 0 1 n/a n/a 0 569
1993 577 0 4 0 0 n/a n/a 0 581
1994 566 0 5 0 0 n/a n/a 0 571
1995 581 0 3 3 1 n/a n/a 0 588
1996 581 0 3 3 1 n/a n/a 0 588
1997 287 0 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 289
1998 296 0 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 298
1999 299 2 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 303
2000 289 2 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 293
2001 252 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 254
2002 263 2 1 2 1 n/a n/a 0 269
2003 263 2 1 2 1 n/a n/a 0 269
2004 253 2 1 3 1 n/a n/a 0 260
2005 243 3 1 2 1 n/a n/a 0 250
2006 296 1 2 4 1 n/a n/a 0 304
2007 308 1 2 6 0 n/a n/a 0 317
2008 322 1 3 7 0 n/a n/a 0 333
2009 319 4 3 4 0 n/a n/a 0 330
2010 336 4 1 5 0 n/a n/a 0 346
2011 312 3 3 7 0 1 4 0 330
2012 312 4 2 3 0 3 9 0 333
2013 307 1 2 5 0 2 9 0 326
2014 325 0 2 6 0 2 17 0 352
2015 320 1 0 9 0 2 13 0 345
2016 309 0 0 7 1 0 14 0 331
2017 317 1 0 8 0 0 13 0 339
2018 302 0 0 6 0 0 16 0 324
2019 305 0 0 5 1 0 18 0 329
2020 278 0 0 5 0 0 14 0 297
2021 255 1 0 4 0 0 9 0 269
2022 261 1 1 7 0 1 7 0 278
2023 267 1 1 7 0 1 6 0 283

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Westby Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 526 30.6 17.1 16.3
1990 544 32.9 16.5 18.4
1991 557 34.0 16.3 16.2
1992 569 36.6 15.5 17.2
1993 581 36.9 15.7 16
1994 571 34.5 16.6 15.6
1995 588 35.7 16.5 16.2
1996 588 35.7 16.5 16.2
1997 289 23.0 12.6 14.5
1998 298 22.5 13.2 16.1
1999 303 22.6 13.4 23.1
2000 293 23.0 12.7 21.5
2001 254 24.4 10.4 20.1
2002 269 24.4 11.0 36.8
2003 269 24.4 11.0 36.8
2004 260 24.8 10.5 29.2
2005 250 24.3 10.3 n/a
2006 304 21.4 14.2 n/a
2007 317 23.4 13.5 32.5
2008 333 23.6 14.1 32.7
2009 330 23.6 14.0 30.6
2010 346 24.2 14.2 35
2011 330 26.3 12.5 32.4
2012 333 24.1 13.8 36.6
2013 326 24.2 13.4 39
2014 352 24.3 14.4 44.6
2015 345 n/a n/a 45.2
2016 331 24.0 13.7 44.7
2017 339 24.3 13.9 42.2
2018 324 25.3 12.7 40.7
2019 329 25.3 12.9 42.9
2020 297 25.3 11.7 39.1
2021 269 24.3 11.0 41.6
2022 278 24.6 11.2 36.7
2023 283 23.7 11.9 37.1

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Westby Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 526 30.6 17.1 16.3
1990 544 32.9 16.5 18.4
1991 557 34.0 16.3 16.2
1992 569 36.6 15.5 17.2
1993 581 36.9 15.7 16
1994 571 34.5 16.6 15.6
1995 588 35.7 16.5 16.2
1996 588 35.7 16.5 16.2
1997 289 23.0 12.6 14.5
1998 298 22.5 13.2 16.1
1999 303 22.6 13.4 23.1
2000 293 23.0 12.7 21.5
2001 254 24.4 10.4 20.1
2002 269 24.4 11.0 36.8
2003 269 24.4 11.0 36.8
2004 260 24.8 10.5 29.2
2005 250 24.3 10.3 n/a
2006 304 21.4 14.2 n/a
2007 317 23.4 13.5 32.5
2008 333 23.6 14.1 32.7
2009 330 23.6 14.0 30.6
2010 346 24.2 14.2 35
2011 330 26.3 12.5 32.4
2012 333 24.1 13.8 36.6
2013 326 24.2 13.4 39
2014 352 24.3 14.4 44.6
2015 345 n/a n/a 45.2
2016 331 24.0 13.7 44.7
2017 339 24.3 13.9 42.2
2018 324 25.3 12.7 40.7
2019 329 25.3 12.9 42.9
2020 297 25.3 11.7 39.1
2021 269 24.3 11.0 41.6
2022 278 24.6 11.2 36.7
2023 283 23.7 11.9 37.1

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Westby Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,255 (10.9%) $10,226 (89.1%) $11,481
2020 $1,267 (10.4%) $10,942 (89.6%) $12,210
2021 $2,042 (14.3%) $12,205 (85.7%) $14,247

Data source: Wisconsin Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Westby Elementary

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 592nd of 1037 Elementary schoolsRanks 599th of 1067 Elementary schools
 0.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Westby Elementary)43.334.8
 8.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Westby Area School District)44.730.3
 14.4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)39.537.9
 1.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Westby Elementary)4552.2
 7.2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Westby Area School District)47.140.9
 6.2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)50.548.8
 1.7%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Westby Elementary)40.950
 9.1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Westby Area School District)48.150.7
 2.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)43.945.8
 1.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Westby Elementary)40.933.3
 7.6%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Westby Area School District)4342
 1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)46.246.5
 0.2%
4th Grade Social Studies (Westby Elementary)62.166.7
 4.5%
   4th Grade Social Studies (Westby Area School District)67.168.1
 1%
   4th Grade Social Studies (Wisconsin)53.459.7
 6.4%
4th Grade Science (Westby Elementary)52.345.8
 6.5%
   4th Grade Science (Westby Area School District)5949.3
 9.7%
   4th Grade Science (Wisconsin)53.952.1
 1.8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students329283
 14%
African American01
American Indian10
 100%
Asian01
Hispanic57
 40%
Pacific Islander01
White305267
 12.5%
Two or More Races186
 66.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients42.9%37.1%
 5.8%


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Students who attend Westby Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Westby Middle
High : Westby High

In the 2022-23 school year, 283 students attended Westby Elementary.

Students at Westby Elementary are 94% White, 2% Hispanic, 2% Two or more races.

Westby Elementary ranks 599th of 1067 Wisconsin elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

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