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
- E.P. Rock Elementary School - 76.8 - Exceeds Expectations - detail
- Houlton Elementary School - 83.7 - Significantly Exceeds Expectations - detail
- Hudson Prairie Elementary School - 78.7 - Exceeds Expectations - detail
- North Hudson Elementary School - 83.5 Significantly Exceeds Expectations - detail
- River Crest Elementary School - 77.7 - Exceeds Expectations - detail
- Willow River Elementary School - 78.3 - Exceeds Expectations - detail
Hudson Secondary Schools
- Hudson Middle School - 72.3 - Meets Expectations - detail
- Hudson High School - 69.2 - Meets Expectations - detail
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."