Statement from Governor Scott Walker
"Parents and caregivers need this information to make informed decisions about the education of their children. The data in these report cards show more Wisconsin schools are meeting or exceeding expectations over last year, and that’s great news for parents and children across our state. While we’ve seen marked improvement in our schools, there is still room for improvement, and we will continue striving for the day when every school in this state meets or exceeds expectations because every child deserves access to a great education.
New to this year’s data are report cards for our school districts. Now, parents and caregivers in communities across Wisconsin will be able to see how their school districts are performing, in addition to data on specific schools. I thank Superintendent Tony Evers and DPI staff for their hard work and their dedication to transparency and accountability for Wisconsin’s schools and school districts."
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The evaluation is based on four priority areas: student achievement, student growth, closing gaps, and post-secondary readiness.
Based on those percentages, each district is rated by five levels, ranging from significantly exceeding expectations to failing to meet expectations.
"They're based on trend data for the past few years
Most of the schools in the state meet expectations. Milwaukee is the only district in the state scored the lowest, failing to meet expectations.
The highest rated in the state goes to Norway J7, a small district near Racine with just one school.
Madison fell right in the middle, meeting expectations with a 68.5% score.
"We're feeling pretty good about it," said Cheatham.
Nearby, Middleton-Cross Plains scored very well, exceeding expectations with an 80.1% grade.
"Our real strength is in math we're looking for some improvemnet in reading as well," said Middleton-Cross Plains superintendent, Don Johnson. "We don't want to be satisfied where our top students are. We want to push them."
Each district's size plays into these ratings, Madison being home to 46 schools, Middleton just 9.
"We recognize that are very fortunate in many ways," said Johnson. "We have 100 homeless students, but that pales in comparison to what Madison has to deal with."
We serve a large range of students and schools in our district and we just need to do beter at accelerating growth for everybody.
Cheatham and Johnson agreeswe have many areas in need of improvement.
Governor Walker issued a statement saying he hopes one day every school will meet or exceed expectations.
UPDATED Tuesday, September 17, 2013 --- 12:03 p.m.
Posted Tuesday, September 17, 2013 --- 10:20 a.m.
Note: To view individual district and school report cards, click HERE and then click on the button for District and School Report Cards.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The majority of Wisconsin public schools and districts meet or exceed expectations as graded on report cards released by the Department of Public Instruction.
The report cards released Tuesday show that all but 11 districts met or exceeded expectations during the 2012 school year. Milwaukee Public Schools was the only district that failed to meet expectations, while 10 districts met few expectations.
This is the first year the report card includes district-wide ratings. There were 1,910 individual schools statewide that received ratings. Of those, 88 percent meet or exceed expectations. That is up from nearly 86 percent last year, although how the scores are calculated has changed making comparisons to prior years difficult.
Only 58 schools, or about 3 percent of all, failed to meet expectations, the lowest possible ranking.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.