GREEN BAY - State education officials say most Wisconsin public schools and districts are making the grade.
The Department of Public Instruction today released its report cards for last school year.
Districts and schools were evaluated in four areas: student achievement on state math and reading tests, student growth on those tests, closing achievement gaps, and college and career readiness.
Overall, districts performed well. Nine were scored as significantly exceeding expectations,133 were scored as exceeding expectations, 270 met them, while only 10 met few expectations. And one district, Milwaukee, failed to meet them.
This is the second year the Department of Public Instruction has released public school report cards.
However, it is the first report card for school districts.
The scores range between zero and 100 and are not related to letter grade percentage scales.
Out of 88 Northeastern Wisconsin districts FOX 11 looked at, none in our area significantly exceeded state expectations, which would have been a score of 83 to 100.
But 21 did exceed expectations – Southern Door received the highest score out of the group with 80.2.
Five districts were scored as meeting few expectations: Bowler, Manawa, Menominee Indian, Montello, Suring Public.
The rest of the original 88 met expectations, including the area's three largest: Appleton, Oshkosh and Green Bay.
"We're certainly not satisfied to just be meeting expectations," said Steve Miller, Director of Assessment with the Green Bay Area Public School District.
On the school level, the report cards show 20 Green Bay elementary, middle and high schools met or exceeded expectations,12 were scored as meeting few expectations – including East and West High Schools.
Three elementary schools failed (Eisenhower, Ft. Howard, Nicolet). That list is relatively different than last year. In the 2011-2012 report card, East and West High Schools were failed to meet expectations. However, Nicolet was also on that list.
Miller says those schools already have a year's worth of improvement under their belts.
"It's going to take a couple of years to turn things around,” said Miller. “Typically, it takes 3-5 years."
Miller expects the district's school scores to rise next year once new standardized tests are phased in, aligning with the revamped core education.
None of the schools failed in the Appleton and Oshkosh school districts. Only two elementary or middle schools in both districts met few expectations. The rest met or exceeded.
Governor Scott Walker released a statement about the reports, saying, in part:
"The data in these report cards show more Wisconsin schools are meeting or exceeding expectations over last year, and that's great news for parents and children across our state."
Right now, report cards are used as just public reports of school performance. According to the DPI website, future laws could direct how a "failed expectations" or "meets few expectations" score would impact a school.
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