DPI to Release School District and School Report Cards Tomorrow

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is set to publish school and school district report cards tomorrow morning.

We expect DPI’s news release to go out at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, and the public report cards will be available after that, likely by or around 7 a.m.

As part of the state accountability system, the DPI annually produces report cards for every publicly funded school and district in Wisconsin. These report cards include data on multiple indicators for multiple years across four Priority Areas (Student Achievement, Growth, Closing Gaps, and On-track and Post-Secondary Success).

In addition, the report cards also take into account chronic absenteeism and dropout rates because of  their impact on student success.  School’s and district’s overall scores are docked five points each for missing goals related to chronic absenteeism.

Each school or school district’s Overall Accountability Score places the school/district into one of five Overall Accountability Ratings:

Rating Score Stars
Significantly Exceeds Expectations 83-100 *****
Exceeds Expectations 73-82.9 ****
Meets Expectations 63-72.9 ***
Meets Few Expectations 53-62.9 **
Fails to Meet Expectations 0-52.9 *

Because 2015 Wisconsin Act 55 (the 2015-17 state budget act) prohibited the State Superintendent from adopting or approving assessments developed by the Smarter Balanced Consortium, the state was forced to discontinue using the Badger Exam.  As a result, this year’s report cards will be based on one year of results on the Badger Exam and two years’ worth of results on the Forward Exam.

Act 55 also changed the content of the accountability reports and the methods used to determine school and district performance and improvement, established a five-star index/rating system, and required the DPI to include charter schools established under s. 118.40 (2r) or (2x) and private schools participating in a parental choice (voucher) program under s. 118.60 or 119.23 in its accountability report cards.   

Per state law, all private voucher schools with at least 20 voucher students will receive a Private School – Choice Students Report Card; however, because at least two years of data are required for report card calculations, those voucher schools that do not have multiple years of data available will not receive ratings and an overall score.

Voucher schools also have the option to report data for all students in the school to receive the additional Private School – All Students Report Card.