For the fourth time since 2012, more than half of all Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District schools significantly exceeded expectations on the School Report Cards, which were issued Nov. 21 by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Six MCPASD schools – Elm Lawn, Northside, Park, Sauk Trail, Sunset Ridge and Kromrey – significantly exceeded expectations, which is the highest category, while Glacier Creek and Middleton High School exceeded expectations, which is the second-highest category. West Middleton met expectations and was within 0.8 of a point of the exceeding expectations category.
There were 361 schools out of more than 2,100 rated in the state that significantly exceeded expectations. Another 719 exceeded expectations.
Clark Street Community School, a charter school for students in grades 9-12, and the 21st Century eSchool for online students participate in an alternate accountability process because they have small numbers of students at state tested grades, and therefore, do not have enough assessment data to receive an overall accountability rating.
"We are pleased with our District and school report cards, and will continue to focus on both student growth and closing achievement gaps," Assistant Superintendent Sherri Cyra said.
DPI began releasing School Report Cards in 2012. They weren’t released in 2014-15. The 2015-16 report cards underwent major changes that were part of Wisconsin Act 55, the 2015-17 state budget. Those changes include variable weighting to address the impacts of poverty on student achievement, a new model for meaning student growth based on value-added methodology that was developed by UW-Madison, and the legislative requirement to change from the Badger Exam to the Forward Exam. Due to those significant changes, comparisons to data from report cards prior to 2015-16 cannot be made.
It is the fifth time that DPI has issued school report cards. DPI also gave school districts an overall rating for the fourth time. MCPASD exceeded expectations with a score of 80.1 and was the third-highest rated district out of 16 in Dane County. The District scored more than 25 points above the state score on student achievement and was also above the state score on district growth and on-track and post-secondary readiness.
Sunset Ridge (96.3) was the third-highest rated elementary school in Dane County, while Northside (94.4) was fifth and Elm Lawn (93.2) was sixth. Kromrey (84.4) and Glacier Creek (80.5) were the first- and third-rated middle schools in Dane County, while MHS (81.3) was the highest-rated high school.
“The results of these report cards show the positive efforts of our dedicated staff, students, and families,’’ Director of Curriculum and Assessment MaryBeth Paulisse said. “We use the results of these report cards, in addition to our other data to continually reflect and collaboratively work toward areas for growth within our District.’’
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 and districts are also evaluated on their level of student engagement – chronic absenteeism rates and dropout rates – when applicable.
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
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.