Dear Parents and Guardians,
Our school year is off to a great start! As a school district and learning community, we are continually looking to improve. One source we use to reflect on our strengths and areas for improvement is the School Report Card.
The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) creates a School Report Card and District Report Card for every publicly funded school and district in the state. These report cards can be accessed online at: https://apps2.dpi.wi.gov/reportcards/. The Report Cards are intended to help all schools and districts utilize data on specific measures to target improvement efforts to ensure students are ready for the next educational step – including the next grade level, graduation, college, and careers.
The current School Report Card is primarily based on last year’s performance, the 2016-17 school year. At the foundation of the report cards are four priority areas. Schools and districts receive a score for each priority area:
Student Achievement proficiency in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics on state assessments
Student Growth measured by year-to-year improvements in achievement
Closing Gaps in performance between specific student groups (comparing English language learners, low-income students, students with disabilities, and members of a racial or an ethnic group with their peers)
On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness showing reliable predictors of how many students are on-track to graduate from high school and student readiness for post high school success
The priority area scores are then aggregated into an overall accountability score, from 0 to 100. This score is displayed in the top left corner of the School or District Report Cards. It is important to note that the 0 to 100 accountability score is not a “percent correct” measurement. Based on its score, a school or district receives one of five rating categories, from Fails to Meet Expectations to Significantly Exceeds Expectations, as well as corresponding one to five stars.
DPI has produced two versions of each Report Card: a quick one-pager labeled “School Report Card” and lengthier, detailed version labeled, “School Report Card Detail.” Both versions can be accessed online at https://apps2.dpi.wi.gov/reportcards/.
When you access the website and our school report, as a district we “Exceeded Expectations”, as an elementary school, we “Significantly Exceeded Expectations” and as a middle/high school we “Exceeded Expectations.” We are very proud of the hard work and effort of our students and staff to earn these high marks and are very grateful to the parents and our community for their support of our students and school.
Again, as DPI stresses, these report cards are just one source of information about our school. There are many other important indicators and opportunities for student success and as a district we want to continue to offer programming and services that will help them to be ready for their next educational step, whether that is the next grade level, graduation, college, and/or careers.
Please let me know your thoughts and questions as they arise. We look forward to working with you to make 2017-18 a successful school year for your child!