Per federal requirements under Wisconsin’s approved accountability waiver for Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has developed an alternative accountability process for schools that do not have data necessary to calculate a school report card score. This includes the following:
- Schools with fewer than 20 full academic year (FAY) students tested in grades 3-8, and 11
- Schools without tested grades, including K-2 schools
- Schools exclusively serving at-risk students (must also complete At-Risk Designation Form)
- New schools
Alternate Accountability schools must complete a district-supervised self evaluation and report their findings using the Alternate Accountability School Determination Form. Schools may use local data and indicators of their choice to gauge student progress. New schools that do not have data from a prior year should select an indicator that can measure student progress from fall to spring. Schools that have multiple years of data may choose to measure progress from fall to spring, or from the prior school year to the current school year.
On the form, the school will indicate if its performance is improving/maintaining or declining based on the measures chosen. This will result in a rating of either Alternate Rating - Satisfactory Progress or Alternate Rating - Needs Improvement (if the school’s progress is declining).
Completed forms must be submitted to DPI by June 30, 2016.
Resources for Completing Form
- PowerPoint for Alternate Accountability
- Alternate Accountability School Determination Form
- At-Risk Designation Form - to be completed only by those schools exclusively serving at-risk students