VIDEO REPORT: School Report Cards Out Monday

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Posted Wednesday October 17, 2012 --- 5:35 p.m.

The Department of Public Instruction is busy putting those report cards together. So busy that today they declined our request for an interview.

However on DPI's website they break down how to read the new report cards.

The more in depth progress reports will give facutly, staff and you the parent a better idea of the strengths and weaknesses of your child's school.

Madison Metropolitan School District's Interim Superintendent Jane Belmore says, " This is just a new way to put it together so that it can be communicated, we hope, in a stronger way. "

Schools are graded on a scale from 0-to-100. Accoridng to Jane Belmore a failing school will not neccasarily face disciplinary action from the district.

Principals will take the information in the report cards and incoporate it into their school's working improvement plan.

" I think it's just going to enrich our conversation. The converations that we've already been having. I think it will help us perhaps to communicate some of the efforts that we already have underway. "

There's nothing in the report cards that's going to surprise MMSD because they provided DPI with some of that information.

" It's information that we're not unfamiliar with but we'll look at it in new ways and use it guide our school efforts," says Belmore.

The data in the report cards partially comes from tests taken last year. So some improvements may already be underway.