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Report Card Update

Preliminary, secure report cards will be released via SAFE on Monday, September 26, 2016. School and district staff have a one week window – from Monday, September 26 to Monday, October 3 – to initiate an inquiry into the data used on their report card.

What are the School and District Report Cards? 

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. These Accountability Report Cards include data on multiple indicators for multiple years across four Priority Areas:

  • Student Achievement – performance on the state reading and mathematics tests
  • Student Growth – improvement over time on the state reading and mathematics tests
  • Closing Gaps – progress of student subgroups in closing gaps in reading and mathematics performance and/or graduation rates
  • On-track and Postsecondary Readiness – performance on key indicators of readiness for graduation and postsecondary pursuits, whether college or career

Performance on three Student Engagement Indicators is also reported. These three indicators affect student success and school effectiveness. 

  • Test Participation Rate, with a goal of 95 percent test participation for all students and each subgroup. 
  • Absenteeism Rate, with a goal of 13 percent or less. 
  • Dropout Rate, with a goal of six percent or less. 

A district's or school’s Overall Accountability Score places the district or school into one of five Overall Accountability Ratings:

For more detailed information about the creation and scoring for the report cards see the resources listed below and additional information available on the about Wisconsin accountability webpage.

What resources are available that explain the School Report Card?

In order to assist with building understanding and communicating about the School Report Cards, DPI has a number of resources available. Please see the Accountability Resource page, which is organized by year of accountability, for prior resources.

2015-16 Resources


Further details on Wisconsin’s accountability system is available here:

DPI is committed to ongoing review of the school and district accountability system and your input is welcome. Questions and comments about the accountability report cards may be sent to


For questions about this information, contact