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Report cards show most Wis. schools meet or exceed expectations

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin releases a preliminary school report card that shows most of the state's schools meet or exceed expectations.

The Department of Public Instruction released the report cards Monday morning, the first year it has done so. State Superintendent Tony Evers says, "These preliminary report cards provide valuable information for parents and educators as a foundation for helping all of our schools improve and I encourage looking beyond the score or rating. Whereas, the majority of schools meet or exceed expectations, detailed report cards provide data that will help them get even better."

School report cards are on a scale of zero to 100 and look at student achievement, student growth in reading and math, closing gaps for reading and math achievement and graduation, and on-track and post secondary readiness. Those ranges put schools into one of five ratings, from significantly exceeds expectations to fails to meet expectations. In this first year for the report cards, 85.8 percent of rated schools meet or exceed expectations. Only 76 schools in the entire state failed to meet expectations.

"We worked with parents, educators, and members of the business community as well as the District and School Accountability Design Team to develop Wisconsin's new school report cards so they would be fair, reliable, and understandable," Evers said. "The report cards reflect a better, more comprehensive way of measuring schools' effectiveness at helping our students graduate ready for college and career. The report cards will change over time as we add data to improve our accountability system, including more options for high school students to demonstrate college and career readiness."

To check how your child's school did, click here for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

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