Solid accountability score in the WB School District

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Nov. 21, 2016 – West Bend, WI – The West Bend School District received an accountability score of 72.4 , and a rating of Meets Expectations on the recently released DPI Accountability Report Cards which uses multiple measures of student achievement and engagement to describe performance using data from the 2015-2016 school year.  The results support the District’s continuous improvement efforts in pursuit of its vision of Excellence for All.

“The school and District Report Cards are just one piece of a comprehensive, federal, state, and local effort to assess the effectiveness of our schools,” said Erik Olson, Superintendent of Schools. “I am encouraged by the results and the data will support the District’s continuous improvement efforts in pursuit of our vision of Excellence for All.”

As part of the state accountability system and reflected in Wisconsin’s approved ESEA Flexibility Request, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) produces Accountability Report Cards for all 424 school districts in Wisconsin. Accountability scores are calculated on a scale of zero to 100, which is a score and not a percentage tied to a letter grade. Accountability Report Cards are calculated for the district as a whole, essentially treating the district as a large school responsible for all students in its district.

The Accountability Report Cards include data on multiple indicators for multiple years across four Priority Areas:

  • Student Achievement – performance on the state reading and mathematics tests

  • Student Growth – improvement over time on the state reading and mathematics tests

  • Closing Gaps – progress of student subgroups in closing gaps in reading and mathematics performance and/or graduation rates

  • On-track and Postsecondary Readiness – performance on key indicators of readiness for graduation and postsecondary pursuits, whether college or career

Performance on three Student Engagement Indicators is also reported.

These three indicators affect student success and school effectiveness.

  • Test Participation Rate, with a goal of 95 percent test participation for all students and each subgroup.

  • Absenteeism Rate, with a goal of 13 percent or less.

  • Dropout Rate, with a goal of six percent or less.

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

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Wisconsin’s report cards are the foundation of a school accountability system that honors the complex work of schools, and focuses on ensuring all Wisconsin students graduate ready for college and career. The Accountability Report Cards were designed with a two-fold purpose: reporting data on how schools are doing overall and providing information to schools on specific areas to improve. The system is designed to be both informative and useful to a variety of audiences.  Please click on DPI SCHOOL REPORT CARD for additional resources in understanding the 2016-17 Accountability Report Card.  

DPI Accountability Report Cards for all WBSD schools are posted on the WBSD Assessment & Accountability web page, with each school’s report  posted on the appropriate school website under the Who We Are tab. A listing of Accountability Scores and Ratings for all Wisconsin school districts can be found on the Department of Public Instruction website.

 

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