Does Your Local School Make the Grade?

As part of the new state accountability system, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has produced report cards for every district and school in Wisconsin.

These Report Cards provide data on multiple indicators for four Priority Areas:

  • Student Achievement – performance on the WKCE and WAA-SwD in reading and mathematics
  • Student Growth – improvement over time on the WKCE in reading and mathematics
  • Closing Gaps – progress of student subgroups in closing gaps in reading and mathematics performance and/or graduation rates
  • On-track and Postsecondary Readiness – performance on key indicators of readiness for graduation and postsecondary pursuits, whether college or career

A District’s or school’s Overall Accountability Score places the district or school into one of five Overall Accountability Ratings:

  • Significantly Exceeds Expectations
  • Exceeds Expectations
  • Meets Expectations
  • Meets Few Expectations
  • Fails to Meet Expectations

The 2012-13 school report cards are based on data for 2,111 schools. 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. Fifty-eight schools failed to meet expectations and 169 met few expectations. There were 201 schools that were not rated because there wasn’t enough data because the school was too small. One hundred and four schools had deductions for missing the test participation, absenteeism, or dropout rate student engagement indicators.

Ratings for individual schools and districts are available on this DPI website: