MADISON (WKOW) -- The latest report card for Wisconsin schools show the majority of state public schools and districts meet, exceed or significantly exceed expectations established for the report cards. This is the first year for district report cards and the second for school report cards.
"These preliminary district and school report cards provide valuable information about education in Wisconsin," said State Superintendent Tony Evers in a statement released by the State Department of Public Instruction. "They offer a starting point for schools and districts to plan improvements."
Nine of the state's 424 public school districts significantly exceed expectations, 133 exceed expectations, and 270 meet expectations. One school district, the Norris School District, was not rated, and Milwaukee Public Schools failed to meet expectations. Ten districts met few expectations.
Overall, 1,910 schools received ratings, and 88.1 percent of those schools meet, exceed, or significantly exceed expectations, up from 85.8 percent in the 2011-12 report cards.
Districts and schools are evaluated on four priority areas: student achievement in reading and mathematics on statewide assessments; student growth in those assessed areas; closing gaps for reading and mathematics achievement and graduation, based on student subgroups; and postsecondary readiness, which uses several measures as predictors of college and career readiness. Accountability is calculated on a scale of zero to 100.
District report cards are calculated for the district as a whole, rather than grade-level bands previously used for No Child Left Behind accountability.
Based on feedback from the 2011-12 school report cards, the Department of Public Instruction made adjustments to calculations for several indicators, meaning this year's school-level report cards are not directly comparable to those issued last year.
MADISON (AP) -- The second year of report cards showing how well Wisconsin schools meet performance requirements are being released Tuesday.
For the first time, the report cards will show district-wide data in addition to numbers for individual schools.
The Department of Public Instruction is releasing the report cards, which were distributed to schools a month ago. The department cautions that scores from last year may not be comparable to this year due to calculation changes.
Department spokesman John Johnson says the report cards remain a work in progress.
Last year, the report cards showed that nearly 86 percent of schools met, exceeded or significantly exceeded expectations. Only 76 schools, or about 3.5 percent of all 2,118 statewide, failed to meet expectations, the lowest possible ranking.
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