WDPI release school report cards to area public schools

Published 09/17 2013 05:53PM

Updated 09/17 2013 07:06PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)--The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released their school report cards Thursday and the majority of schools across the state have met expectations.

However, 58 schools statewide failed to meet Wisconsin Department of Instruction expectations.  Three of them are in Green Bay—Fort Howard, Eisenhower, and Nicolet Elementary Schools.

Associate Superintendent of Continuous Improvement of Green Bay Area Public Schools, Mark Smith, said, “We’ll continue to search for areas of improvement in those three elementary schools.”

Schools receive their scores based on four factors: Student Achievement which measures reading and math skills; Student growth in those areas; Closing Gaps among students in those subjects and post secondary readiness. 

As a District both Green Bay Area Public Schools and the Appleton District met expectations.

Appleton Area School District Chief of Academic Officer, Kevin Steinhilber, said he’s pleased with their overall district score.

“Overall we’re very pleased.  Our students continue to perform quite well on the indicators that are illustrated on the report card,” Steinhilber said.

But while the scores reflect a variety of achievement some school district officials feel too much emphasis is placed on WKCE achievement exams—a
test that will soon be phased out statewide.

Director of Assessment for the Green Bay Area Public School District, Stephen Miller, said, “There’s a misalignment with the curriculum that we’re implementing and the state wide assessment.”

But these report cards we’re told do help schools pinpoint weaknesses so they can improve.

Steinhilber said, “Is it providing more intensive support for students?  Is it looking at resource relocation? Is it looking at revising curriculum in any way?”

Miller agrees.  He tells Local 5 News, “We’re going to look for incremental improvements and if that leads us to a point where we move on into a different reading category at those schools, that’s wonderful.”

Rankings are based on a numerical scale from 0-100.

For District and School rankings click here: http://reportcards.dpi.wi.gov/rc_districts

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