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 2015-16 Accountability Updates

School and district report cards for the 2015-16 school year will be released in Fall 2016. The 2015-16 school year was another transition year for state assessments, and likewise, a transition year for school accountability. Some aspects of the report cards will change and some aspects are new to the accountability system. Some changes include new Choice Pupil Report Cards, a 5-star rating designation, and a new weighting scheme based on the percentage of economically disadvantaged students in the school and district. For further details, please see:

10 Things You Need to Know about 2015-16 Accountability

2014-15 Report Cards

No report cards were produced in 2014-15. For details see http://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/historical.

What are District and School Report Cards? 

As part of the new state accountability system, reflected in Wisconsin’s approved ESEA Flexibility Request, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has produced report cards for every district and school in Wisconsin. These Report Cards provide data on multiple indicators for four Priority Areas:

  • Student Achievement – performance on the WKCE and WAA-SwD in reading and mathematics
  • Student Growth – improvement over time on the WKCE in reading and mathematics
  • 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:

  • Significantly Exceeds Expectations
  • Exceeds Expectations
  • Meets Expectations
  • Meets Few Expectations
  • Fails to Meet Expectations

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 created the following resources:


2013-14 Resources


2012-13 Resources

2011-12 Resources

More information about Wisconsin’s new accountability system is available here: http://dpi.wi.gov/accountability.

Questions and comments about the Public District and School Report Cards may be sent to oeamail@dpi.wi.gov. DPI is committed to ongoing review of the new accountability system and your input is welcome.


For questions about this information, contact oeamail@dpi.wi.gov