District & School Report Cards

We expect our schools to be accountable for learning across all subject areas, and we expect our schools to develop learning opportunities that recognize the diverse needs of all our students.

As part of the state accountability system, reflected in Wisconsin’s approved ESEA Flexibility Request, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) produces report cards for every district and school in Wisconsin. 

School report cards provide a school and district-wide overview of:

  • Student Achievement in reading and math on statewide assessments
  • Student Growth in Achievement from one year to the next
  • Closing Gaps in Student Achievement for particular student groups such as English Language Learners, Low Income, Ethnicity, and Special Education students
  • On-Track and Post-Secondary Readiness

How can parents use the report card?

  • Review your child’s School Report Card every year.
  • Ask school staff to sponsor a parent meeting to talk about the School Report Card.
  • Review the areas of strengths and improvement it indicates for your child’s school and district. Ask school staff what steps the school is taking to help students succeed and improve.
  • Support your child’s learning and your child’s school. Ask your school principal how parents can help the school improve. Attend school events such as family learning nights with your child. Volunteer to help at school events or to work one-on-one with children to improve their skills. Join your school’s parent group to learn more about school programs and efforts that make the school a better place for all students.
  • Bring the School Report Card to parent-teacher conferences and talk about the student performance data in the report cards. Ask your child’s teacher about classroom data as well. Ask how you can help your child improve and be on-track to their next milestone.

Looking Beyond the Report Card

District-wide and School Report Cards are not able to provide a broader view of student success -- rather it’s one short chapter of a book about a particular school. To provide this broader view of what school and student success looks like, each school has developed a document that expands the definition of student success beyond the quantitative measures of the school report card.

Learn more about how we are working to Prepare Our Students for Their Future, Every Child, Every Day in the documents below.