District Report Card Shows Improvement

District Report Card Shows Improvement
Posted on 11/21/2017
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The West Allis-West Milwaukee School District (WAWM) saw an overall score increase of 2.8 on the State of Wisconsin District Report Card moving from 65.3 in 2015-2016 to 68.1 on the 2016-2017.  The increase is largely attributed to adding 6.7 points in District Growth (representing improvement over time in reading and math).  The District maintained its rating of “Meets Expectations.”  Each year, as part of the state accountability system, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) produces report cards for every district and school in Wisconsin.  The Accountability Report Card includes data on multiple indicators for multiple years across four Priority Areas.  It is important to note that this data reflects student performance in third through eighth grade on the Forward Exam and in eleventh grade on ACT.  It is also important to note that this positive improvement comes at the same time the District faced and largely resolved significant financial issues.


The increase in the District Report Card score is attributed to several factors related to the implementation of the district Strategic Plan which provides a continued focus on student achievement and educating the whole child.  The District is implementing a guaranteed and viable curriculum that ensures all students receive an education that is anchored in rigor and high expectations. In addition, schools are aligning their student learning targets and focusing on all students showing demonstration of college and career readiness standards. While the District’s Accountability Report Cards is an important snapshot of a point-in-time standardized test, it is only one of the measures used to determine performance in relation to the goal that 80% of students achieve College and Career Readiness benchmarks by 2021.  Other indicators include how well students are developing strong character traits and the skills needed for high-quality employment and a successful life.

In addition to the District Report Cards, each school in the District also received a School Report Card.  Seventeen schools in the 2016-2017 school year received regular School Report Cards from the State (two smaller schools received Alternative Reports based on who the school serves and the small number of students enrolled) .  Of the 17 that received the regular report card, 11 improved and 6 went down.  Of the 11 that improved, 3 had double-digit increases.  The District has one school that again has the rating of “Significantly Exceeds Expectations” and one that “Exceeds Expectations” for the first time on the Forward Exam.