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State Issues School Report Cards; How Did Your Kids' Schools Rate?

Hudson School District's elementary schools received high marks while its secondary schools show room for improvement.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) on Monday issued preliminary school report cards, which rate schools on the 2011-2012 year on a scale of zero to 100 and place them into one of following five categories:

  • Significantly Exceeds Expectations
  • Exceeds Expectations
  • Meets Expectations
  • Meets Few Expectations
  • Fails to Meet Expectations

The state graded 2,118 public schools, including 21 independent charter schools, and 68 received the Significantly Excceds Expectations mark while 76 received the Fails to Meet Expectations mark. Many schools (241) were not rated, according to a DPI news release.

Among Hudson School District schools, Houlton Elementary (83.7) and North Hudson Elementary (83.5) received marks in the highest category: Significantly Exceeds Expectations. The four elementary schools within the Hudson city limits — E.P. Rock, Hudson Prairie, River Crest and Willow River — were solidly within the Exceeds Expectations category. Hudson Middle School and Hudson High School each received marks within the Meets Expectations category.

Wauwatosa STEM received the highest score in the state (96), and Work Institute Leadership Council High School received the lowest (19.6).

According to the release, the areas of test participation, absenteeism and drop out rates are key student engagement indicators in the formula. Priority areas, which are heavily weighted in the formula, include student achievement, student growth, closing gaps, and on-track and postsecondary readiness.

Hudson Elementary Schools

Hudson Secondary Schools

Hudson School District Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten issued the following statement about the new school report card system:

"The new state school accountability system raises performance expectations for students and schools and rates those in a new way. The School Report Cards offers the means of looking at data differently than in the past. In addition to student achievement results, factors such as student growth, closing learning gaps between the entire student population and identified groups, post-secondary readiness, and student engagement are weighted in the overall score. We’re pleased that all of our schools have scores at or above the Meets Expectations rating.

"It should be noted the district has submitted an inquiry to the state regarding the 5-point deduction to Hudson High School’s score based on one or two students not completing the WKCE. Without this 5-point deduction, Hudson High School’s score would be 74.2, bumping the school into the Exceeds Expectations category.

"We see areas for the district and schools to target efforts for improvement. We encourage our community to keep in mind that the School Report Cards only look at public schools in one particular way and other important factors, not included in this reporting method, add to school quality and student experience."

KTinWI October 27, 2012 at 01:55 PM
For those posters who dismissed the importance of an entire class and/or school being able to fit into an auditorium, I'd say it's pretty crucial during bomb threats or active shooter situations when a school goes into "lockdown." It certainly is a safety issue.
mainstreet October 27, 2012 at 03:33 PM
How convenient !
Ann Martin October 27, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I am always amazed by the number of Hudsonites that seem lazer focused on space but seem less concerned with test scores and quality education. Many schools in Wisconsin have facilities that are inferior to Hudson's and yet those schools out perform Hudson academically.
Sara Tolbert October 27, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I've been told personally that "bomb threats and/or active shooter situations" will never happen here in Hudson. I don't believe that more space is going to be a "fix all". It takes more than space to keep kids safe. But I agree there is a safety issue...
Celeste Koeberl October 28, 2012 at 07:47 PM
According to the Wisconsin State Journal's analysis of these new public school report cards: *Many schools have test scores that rank differently statewide than their overall report card scores. *Most of the charter schools in Wisconsin (125 out of the 226 total) did not receive ratings, either because the charter schools were too small, too new, or lacked sufficient data. *Just 6 out of the 25 total virtual charter schools in Wisconsin were rated, and their overall report card scores were 7 points lower than brick-and-mortor charter schools and 11 points lower than traditional public schools. *Statewide, charter schools that were rated had lower report card scores than traditional schools. *Schools with a smaller proportion of low-income students generally had higher report card scores; this raises questions regarding whether the report cards provide accurate measures of school quality, or are significantly affected by the characteristics of the student population at each school. *Student test participation rates, absenteeism, and dropout rates result in severe point deductions for schools *School report cards do not take into account school safety, or the availability of technology or programs in art or music, or advanced placement offerings, or extracurricular opportunities. See http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/analysis-finds-limitations-of-new-public-school-report-cards/article_6a943bfa-210c-11e2-a925-001a4bcf887a.html

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