Schools among state's best on DPI report cards

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The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District was the only district in Dane County with more than 50 percent of its schools significantly exceeding expectations on the School Report Cards that were issued Tuesday by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for every public school in the state.

Five MCPASD schools – Elm Lawn, Sunset Ridge and West Middleton elementary schools, Kromrey Middle School and Middleton High School – were in the highest category, while Northside, Park, Sauk Trail elementary schools and Glacier Creek Middle exceeded expectations, which is the second-highest category.

“We’re thrilled with the results,’’ Superintendent Don Johnson said. “All of our schools continue to perform well above the vast majority of schools in the state. … We know we are a destination district and a big reason for that is the quality schools we have. We will continue to work hard. We want to make sure our students continue to improve.’’

For the first time, DPI also gave school districts an overall rating. MCPASD exceeded expectations with a score of 80.1. Of the 16 school districts in Dane County, the only one with a higher district score than MCPASD’s was Waunakee with an 81.6.

Only 17 schools in Dane County were rated to have significantly exceeded expectations. Five of the nearly 50 schools in the Madison Metropolitan School District received that distinction. The only other Dane County school district besides MCPASD and Madison Metropolitan to have more than one school in the top category was Sun Prairie with two out of 11 schools rated.

MCPASD was the only district in the 10-team Big Eight Conference to have all of its schools in the top two categories for the second year in a row. The only Dane County school districts to have all of their schools in the top two categories were MCPASD (9 schools rated), Waunakee (6), Oregon (6), Monona Grove (5), Mount Horeb (4), Cambridge (3) and Deerfield (3).

"The results are a tribute to our dedicated teachers, principals and support staff, our incredible students and their supportive families,’’ Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services George Mavroulis said. “It is truly a collaborative effort.’’

This is the second year the Wisconsin DPI has released School Report Cards.

More than 2,100 state schools received report cards. Only 86 were in the significantly exceeds expectation category. Another 693 schools exceeded expectations.

Clark Street Community School, a charter school for students in grades 9-12, and the 21st Century ESchool for online students, were two of the 201 schools not rated in the state because they are new,  too small or lack sufficient assessment data to receive an overall accountability rating.

Seven of the nine MCPASD schools rated improved their scores from a year ago:

School 2011-12 score 2012-13 score 2012-13 Category
Elm Lawn 81.1 84.2 Significantly Exceeds
Glacier Creek 77.4 79.1 Exceeds
Kromrey 80.2 85.3 Significantly Exceeds
MHS 73.6 86.6 Significantly Exceeds
Northside 82.6 82.7 Exceeds
Park 79.6 81.9 Exceeds
Sauk Trail 74.9 73.2 Exceeds
Sunset Ridge 79.5 84.5 Significantly Exceeds
West Middleton 85.4 84.8 Significantly Exceeds

The DPI’s School Report Cards measure school performance. Each public school earned a “score” from 0 to 100 that is called an accountability index score. The accountability index is based on the school’s performance in four priority 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 (comparing English language learners, low-income students, students with disabilities, and members of racial or ethnic group with their peers)
  • On-track to graduation/postsecondary readiness, using reliable predictors of high school graduation and postsecondary success

Schools can be placed in one of five categories, from Significantly Exceeds Expectations to Fails to Meet Expectations, based on their score. The five levels of rating are:

  • 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

All state public school report cards can be found on our website under school report cards or on the DPI website. The 0 to 100 accountability index score is not a “percent correct” measurement, and is not similar to a score a child might earn on a test in school.

All state public school report cards can be found on our website under School Report Cards or on the DPI website.