Fifty-six percent of Waukesha schools are meeting or exceeding expectations, according to new data released Monday by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Approximately 15 percent of Waukesha schools are meeting few expectations. Data for 30 percent of Waukesha’s schools – eight schools – were not available. Nineteen percent of the 27 schools exceed expectations while the remaining 37 percent of schools are meeting expectations.
Waukesha Superintendent Todd Gray told the Waukesha School Board earlier this month that the information from the DPI is 12-month-old data “that’s being worked to fit the new formula.” The Waukesha School District found errors in the report cards and the DPI is reviewing that information for the schools that do not have a score available.
The state Department of Public Instruction rolled out its new School Report Cards on Monday. It’s a new accountability system that allowed Wisconsin to earn a waiver from meeting certain 2014 requirements of No Child Left Behind.
Data was released to schools earlier this month, but was embargoed to allow districts to vet them for errors.
Under the new system, schools will be graded in these areas:
- Student achievement in reading and mathematics on state assessments.
- Student growth measured by year-to-year improvements in achievement.
- Closing gaps in performance between specific student groups.
- Progress to graduation/post secondary readiness using reliable predictors of high school graduation and post-secondary success.
Schools will receive scores using a 0 to 100 scale, corresponding with five categories starting at "Fails to Meet Expectations" and topping out with "Significantly Exceeds Expectations."
The scores will be detailed in 18-page report on each school. The DPI scoring uses last year’s data.
Gray, during the school board meeting Oct. 10 questioned the ranking of schools.
“We would never assign a student a single grade for all the work they do throughout their high school career, but that is what is happening here,” Gray said.
A message left Monday with Gray’s office was not immediately returned.
Banting Elementary School
Bethesda Elementary School
Blair Elementary School
Hadfield Elementary School
65.6 (Meets Expectations)
Hawthorne Elementary School
66.8 (Meets Expectations)
Heyer Elementary School
71 (Meets Expectations)
Hillcrest Elementary School
76.8 (Exceeds Expectations)
Lowell Elementary School
70.8 (Meets Expectations)
Meadowbrook Elementary School
69.7 (Meets Expectations)
Prairie Elementary School
68.4 (Meets Expectations)
Rose Glen Elementary School
76.7 (Exceeds Expectations)
Summit View Elementary School
72.8 (Meets Expectations)
Waukesha STEM Academy
80.3 (Exceeds Expectations)
White Rock Elementary School (Now Closed)
56.4 (Meets Few Expectations)
Whittier Elementary School
57.6 (Meets Few Expectations)
Butler Middle School
Central Middle School
Horning Middle School
59.5 (Meets Few Expectations)
Harvey Philip Alternative School
North High School
68.4 (Meets Expectations)
South High School
56.3 (Meets Few Expectations)
Waukesha Academy of Health Professionals
81 (Exceeds Expectations)
Waukesha Engineering Preparatory School
West High School
78.1 (Exceeds Expectations)
67 (Meets Expectations)