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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."

Carbon Bigfuut October 24, 2012 at 06:32 PM
"Meeting expectations" is no more than a C grade.
Carbon Bigfuut October 24, 2012 at 06:38 PM
The comment was the whole class, not the whole school. That's only 1/3 of the students in the building. The last time I was in the middle school, it didn't have an "auditorium". Is this referring to the carpeted area just inside the main entrance?
Phil McGraw October 24, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I am curious about Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten's statement regarding "...one or two students not completing the WKCE...". Is it one, two, or numerous students that did not take the test? I do not think a math teacher would allow me to answer a question so vaguely as "one or two".
Jim Bob October 24, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Is the C grade your definition? If I meet my expectations, I consider it an A. If I exceed my expectations, I consider it an A+.
Micheal Foley October 25, 2012 at 12:49 AM
OK everyone. I just had to remove a comment, so it appears I need to remind everyone that personal attacks are against our terms of use.
John Feia October 25, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Dis tou read this part of the articls? "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.
Carbon Bigfuut October 25, 2012 at 01:41 AM
MBE's comment about "students not completing the WKCE" sounds like the students started, but didn't finish the test. If they didn't take the test at all, it should be phrased that way, and it shouldn't count when the test scores are averaged. On the other hand, if all students are required to take the test, and the district messed up tracking those who didn't, it's still a failure of the school district.
Phil McGraw October 25, 2012 at 01:44 AM
@ John Feia - that is precisely what I was inquiring about. The statement leads us to believe that only 1 or 2 students did not take the test. However, if you look at the deduction, it is done so because greater than 5% of the high school did not participate. If our high school is near 1,700 students, that would be more than 85 students not taking the WKCE, hence the deduction. So, did our high school miss that cut off by 1 or 2 students? I would like more clarification.
Phil McGraw October 25, 2012 at 02:11 AM
@ BRG - I think your post was already removed, but I did some homework to test your claim that our low performance at the high school might be due to inadequate or old facilities. Looking at comparable sized high schools that significantly outperformed us in Wisconsin: Memorial High in Eau Claire Enrollment 1,734 Age of school: over 50 years DPI report card score: 76.5 Mukwonago High Enrollment 1,679 Age of school: appears to be remodeled but was on historic register DPI report cardscore: 79.9 I cannot come to your conclusion that performance is directly linked to new facilities. In my opinion, it is the curriculum, teachers, students, and parents that cumulatively make the difference.
John Feia October 25, 2012 at 02:45 AM
I agree with you about more clarification. That is why I brought it up.
Brian Schousek October 25, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Houlton Rocks.
yomammy October 25, 2012 at 11:56 AM
If we only had a new skool...our score would be 100% (or better) Sounds like the Vikings...
BRG October 25, 2012 at 01:23 PM
@ Phil Your right. It has nothing to do with new. I said adequate space and facilities. You are also correct about the COMMUNITY, which includes all people you listed, being a big piece of the puzzle. How are our students different than ECM? How are our parents any different than those at Mukwanago? How are our teachers any different than @ either school? How is our curriculum any different? Its not! None of the above are! So clearly there is something else...hmmm, wonder what that could be?
Phil McGraw October 25, 2012 at 04:17 PM
@ BRG – I wondered too so have spent some additional time looking into it. So far, I have found: The average age of the high school teacher in Mukwonego is 2 years older than that of Hudson (36, compared to 34). Typically, that age difference will equate to more experience as a teacher. Regarding the family status, the married households in Mukwonego are at 57% as compared to 50% in Hudson. This could potentially be part of the equation. But, here’s what I personally found to be most interesting. The school board appears to be much more transparent in Mukwonego, acting as leaders in the district, employing the superintendent, and making information readily available on their website for the citizens. This includes posting minutes of even their committee meetings, not just the group board meetings. Each and every school board policy is listed on their website (by the way, their policies are clear and concise, but not restrictive). The superintendent, Paul Strobel, carries a PhD and focuses on the curriculum and teachers. Ironically, I cannot find a picture of him anywhere. Perhaps he understands, “It’s not about getting a bond issue passed; it’s about improving classroom instruction.” After all, in their job description, the student achievement should be the priority focus. With that said, if you can provide alternate theories with factual data to back them up, I would welcome them.
Nebish Puposky October 25, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Perhaps if you homeskooled you kid, HHS would have skored more better.
Nebish Puposky October 25, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Awww... You're no fun.
Nebish Puposky October 25, 2012 at 05:23 PM
The poor grammar, punctuation, and spelling displayed in many of these comments is a good indication that the lack of intelligence in our community's children cannot and should not be wholly blamed on the schools.
mainstreet October 25, 2012 at 06:38 PM
" If I meet my expectations, I consider it an A. If I exceed my expectations, I consider it an A+." And don't forget, everyone gets a trophy!
yomammy October 25, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Wut?
yomammy October 25, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Where do we learn puncuation, spelling and grammar...?
Frustrated Hudson Parent October 25, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Way to go Houlton and North Hudson. A new school (Rivercrest) does not make a smart student. 10 years ago Hudson School Administration knew that there would be an overcrowding situation at the middle and high school. But, they chose to build a new elementary school instead of a new high school and make the current middle school an extension of Prairie and the high school the middle school. Why do we continue to keep those people in office? Oh, but we can promote the incompetent to newly created positions because we cannot fire them or they are our friends! Maybe we should concentrate on the quality of the education in this community instead of inflating salaries. This report card should be a wake up call to Hudson parents with kids still in school.
Sara Tolbert October 25, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Awww poor Hudson isn't perfect? How about the schools are held accountable instead of covered for due to "connections". If some only know how UN perfect Hudson really is. Like how they handle bullying in our Middle school. May be irrelevant here but not when it come to the way I would grade it. Just saying...
Vested Interest October 25, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Did anyone else find the HSO's full page story rather timely about the number of kids now going to Hill-Murry and the reason for doing so?
Phil McGraw October 25, 2012 at 11:44 PM
@ Vested Interest - thank you for pointing that out. Unfortunately, Hill-Murray had to pay dearly to put that story in the HSO, for they do not get the same treatment as the HSD. At the top of the article, you will see "advertisement", which tells us it was, let's say $2,000-$3,000 or more for them to share their success story. It is comforting to hear that those students found an environment that will allow them to thrive.
truthteller October 26, 2012 at 12:11 AM
The Hudson school board does not create/keep minutes of committee meetings--apparently decisions are made by "concensus"--no records are kept.
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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