The Elmbrook School District received high marks in a series of school report cards released Monday by the Department of Public Instruction.
The report cards were issued to all Wisconsin public schools for the first time Monday as one component of the state's school accountability system aimed at raising academic expectations. The accountability system allowed Wisconsin to earn a waiver from meeting certain 2014 requirements of No Child Left Behind.
Schools received scores using a 0 to 100 scale, corresponding with five categories starting at "fails to meet expectations" and topping out with "significantly exceeds expectations."
Elmbrook Superintendent Mark Hansen was pleased to see that all 10 of the schools in the Elmbrook School District ranked either as "significantly exceeds expectations" or "exceeds expectations."
"The school report cards confirm that Elmbrook has consistently high-performing schools throughout our district with every school achieving an ‘exceeds expectations’ rating or above," he said. "We can also celebrate that our math achievement is at, or near, the top of the achievement scale in all schools.
“Our strong school improvement planning process had already identified gaps highlighted on the school report cards, and our schools are implementing action plans to close those gaps. We look forward to benchmarking our progress through the annual school report card process.”
Elmbrook Schools Report Cards
Brookfield Central HS
Brookfield East HS
Pilgrim Park Middle
Wisconsin Hills Middle
Significantly Exceeds Expectations
The report cards are based on four criteria:
- 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.
- Progress to graduation/post secondary readiness using reliable predictors of high school graduation and post-secondary success.
In a news release, state Superintendent Tony Evers said the preliminary school report cards are "a starting point" and will change over time.