In October, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) issues a School Report Card for your child’s school and for every public school in Wisconsin. The School Report Card will help parents understand how their child’s school is doing and where it can improve.
How were the School Report Cards developed? The School Report Cards are just one part of a new, statewide accountability system for schools. DPI worked closely with parents, educators, and members of the business community to develop the system. The Governor, State Superintendent, legislative leaders, and DPI staff worked with educators throughout Wisconsin and with the U.S. Department of Education to shape the new accountability system. This system, and the report cards, will continue to evolve in future years.
How does the School Report Card work? Each school will earn a “score,” called an accountability index score, from 0 to 100. This score is displayed on the report card. The accountability index score that your school receives is based on the school’s performance in four priority areas:
Student Achievement in reading and mathematics on state tests
Student Growth measured by year-to-year improvements in acheivement
Closing Gaps in performance between specific student groups (comparing English language learners, low-income students, students with disabilities, and members of racial or ethnic group with their peers)
On-track/Postsecondary Readiness, including graduation or attendance rates, reading and math achievement, and ACT participation and performance.
In addition, the School Report Card displays the school’s performance on three areas of student
1. Test Participation Rate in reading and mathematics state tests
2. Absenteeism Rate measuring chronic absenteeism
3. Dropout rate measuring the number of students dropping out of school
What does the “score” on the School Report Card mean? A school’s accountability score reflects many
measures that factor into a school’s performance. The accountability score will help school staff determine
what areas the school does well in and where it needs improvement. The School Report Card provides
detailed information about the performance of student groups at the school, including racial groups,
disability, poverty, and English language learners.
Please click below for the link to view Somerset's School Report Cards.