The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) releases School Report Cards for our schools and for every public school in Wisconsin. The School Report Card, using multiple measures of student learning, provides valuable information on how our district is doing and where it can improve. (For additional information about the state report card visit the Department of Public Instruction's information page at: http://dpi.wi.gov/oea/acct/accountability.html)
The School Report Cards are just one part of the statewide accountability system for schools and only one of many measures Poynette uses to determine success. Our “Vision 2020” initiative -- where our goal is to be the best district of our size in the state -- contains many other benchmarks and tools to monitor our progress.
Following explains the pieces of our state report card. Each public school will earn an accountability index “score” from 0 to 100. The accountability index score that our school receives will be based on our performance in four priority areas:
- Student achievement in reading and mathematics on state assessments
- Student growth, measured by year-to-year improvements in reading and math 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
It’s important to note that the 0 to 100 accountability index score is not a “percent” measurement but an index score that will help our school staff determine what areas we do well in and where we need improvement. The goal is to help every student in our school succeed and be prepared to do whatever they choose to do after graduation.