The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) generates a School Report Card and District Report Card for every publicly funded school and district in the state. The Report Cards are intended to help schools and districts utilize performance data to target their improvement efforts so that students are ready for their next educational step – including the next grade level, graduation, college and careers. These public report cards can be found online at: http://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards.
The current School Report Card is primarily based on last year’s performance, the 2020-21 school year. At the foundation of the report cards are four priority areas. Schools and districts receive a score for each priority area:
- Achievement measures the level of knowledge and skills among students in the school, compared to state and national standards. It includes a composite of reading and mathematics performance by the “all students” group in the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) for all tested grades in the school.
- Growth describes how much student knowledge of reading and mathematics in the school changes from year to year. It uses a point system that gives positive credit for students progressing toward higher performance levels, and negative credit for students declining below proficiency. This area focuses not on attainment, but the pace of improvement in student performance, no matter where students begin. All improvement is treated as a positive. Schools with high performance and little room to grow are not penalized.
- Target Group Outcomes demonstrates outcomes for students with the lowest test scores in their school - the Target Group. Outcomes are displayed for achievement, growth, chronic absenteeism, and attendance or graduation rate.
- On-Track to Graduation indicates the success of students in the school in achieving educational milestones that predict postsecondary success. It includes chronic-absenteeism and the graduation rate for schools that graduate students, or the attendance rate for other schools. It also includes measures of third-grade reading and eighth-grade mathematics achievement, as applicable to the school.
The resulting overall accountability score from the priority areas will determine the accountability rating a school receives
The priority area scores are 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.
What’s New for the 2020-21 School and District Report Cards?
Statement of Caution on the Front Page
The front page of the 2020-21 report card contains a statement urging caution when interpreting scores and ratings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When reviewing the report card, please consider that up to three years of data are used in assessment-based measures of report cards. Since assessments were not administered in 2019-20, the 2020-21 report card use results from 2020-21, 2018-19, and 2017-18 school years with more weight given to more recent years.
Visual Design Changes
Changes in visual design are the most immediately obvious for anyone viewing the report cards. Though most calculations are the same, the design changes are intended to make the report card more user-friendly. This includes using fewer tables and more graphs, reducing text, and providing additional context for performance (e.g., scores within statewide distributions).
Target Group Outcomes Priority Area
The Closing Gaps priority area of the report card has been replaced by the Target Group Outcomes priority area to make the measure more reliable, inclusive, and actionable for schools and districts. Target Group Outcomes focuses students in roughly the bottom quartile (25%) of performance based on the prior year's test results. This priority area is scored using a multiple measure system from other priority areas - achievement, value-added growth, chrinic absenteeism, and attendance or graduation rates. More informaiton can be found in the Target Group Outcomes Priority Area Help Guide on the Accountability Resources page.
There are no longer five-point deductions for not meeting dropout and absenteeism specific rates. Dropout rates are still available in WISEdash. Chronic absenteeism has been incorporated into the On-Track and Target Group Outcomes priority areas. Additionally, the methodology for calculating chronic absenteeism has been aligned with that used in the federal ESSA accountability system.
We want to share these results with you because they help illuminate some of our successes and help to pinpoint areas of focus in our district. As DPI stresses, these report cards are just one source of information about our District.
We look forward to working with you to make 2021-2022 a successful school year for our students!