school report card faq
Frequently Asked Questions about the new school report card:
1. What is the school report card?
The school report card is a new way of measuring overall performance of individual public schools in Wisconsin. It will be issued each year. It will show which of five accountability ratings the school has achieved based on analysis of student test scores, student growth as measured by year-to-year achievement improvement, and other factors.
2. Why are there so many priority areas?
Accurately measuring a school's performance is a complex task that takes into account as many of the factors influencing student achievement as possible. In addition to comparing students' level of knowledge and academic skills against state academic standards, the card measures year to year student achievement improvement, gaps in achievement among students of various ethnic groups and income levels and students with disabilities, and how likely students are to achieve post-secondary success.
3. What is an accountability score?
Each year, a school's report card will show which of five accountability ratings it has received based on its accountability score. The score is calculated by an analysis of data in the four priority areas and whether or not the school has met three student engagement indicators. The scores range from 0 to 100. The rating areas are: fails to meet expectations (0 to 52.9); meets few expectations (53 to 62.9); meets expectations (63 to 72.9); exceeds expectations (73 to 82.9); and significantly exceeds expectations (83 to 100).
4. What is a student engagement indicator?
These are measures of three key factored that are critical to understanding a school's true performance. The indicators are test participation, or what percentage of all students take an individual test; absenteeism or how many students are there whose absences exceed a level associated with poor academic performance; and dropouts, or how many students drop out of school before graduating.
5. How will this information make my school better?
Because the report card provides so much data on various accountability measures, it will provide valuable insights into a school's weaknesses and strengths and give administrators, teachers and board members information that can be used for school improvement efforts. It also gives parents and other members of the school community a clear picture of a school's performance.
6. How will this information help my child succeed?
Giving schools this valuable tool for tracking performance and making improvements is part of a comprehensive effort to raise educational standards in Wisconsin and make sure that all students are reading for college and careers in today's rapidly changing global society and economy.