District Administrator Presents the 2015-2016 School Report Cards
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Our school year is off to a great start! We are excited about the district goals we’ve established for 2016-2017. As a learning community, we are continually looking to improve student achievement growth through the thoughtful collection and management of student data, school safety, internal school climate, increased stakeholder involvement, and K-12 writing across all curricula. One source we use to reflect on our strengths and areas for student achievement growth 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 here:http://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards. These 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, based on the 2015-16 school year, looks a bit different than in the past due to changes required by the legislature. The overall idea for how report cards work is the same. At the foundation of the report cards are four priority areas. Schools and districts receive a score for each priority area:
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. The score is primarily based on our performance last year, the 2015-16 school year, across the four priority areas.
Schools and districts are also evaluated on their level of student engagement – test participation rates, chronic absenteeism rates, and dropout rates when applicable. 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 one to five stars. Please use the links below to access our District specific information.
Given the changes required by the legislature, many school and district scores changed as compared to the last report card. The changes include a weighting formula to account for poverty when priority area scores are combined into the overall score; a new method of calculating student growth; and the use of Forward Exam data, the third state test in three years. These changes impacted all schools and districts in the state.
DPI has produced two versions of each Report Card: a quick one-pager labeled “School Report Card” and a lengthier, detailed version labeled, “School Report Card Detail.”
Please let me know your thoughts and questions as they arise. I look forward to working with you to make 2016-17 a successful school year for your child!
School District of Abbotsford Report Card Links:
Elementary School Report Card
Elementary School Report Card Detail
MS/HS School Report Card
MS/HS School Report Card Detail
District School Report Card
District School Report Card Detail