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2015-16 Accountability Updates

Deduction Inquiry Process - Begins July 25th 
As we have done in the past, OEA will have a Deduction Inquiry Process this summer in advance of the general Report Card Inquiry Process, and prior to the release of 2015-16 School and District Report Cards. The deduction inquiry process is for schools and districts that – based on preliminary calculations – would receive deductions for either the absenteeism or dropout rate Student Engagement Indicators.

The third Student Engagement Indicator included in the report cards is test participation. We will not include test participation in this Deduction Inquiry Process due to data availability. The next window to review data and submit an inquiry form will be in September (date TBD), upon release of the secure report cards.

The Deduction Inquiry Process is an opportunity to review data and submit an inquiry form if necessary. There will be a two-week window for this process: July 25-August 5. Please plan accordingly to ensure that staff are able to conduct a review of deduction data should your school or district receive preliminary notification. We anticipate sending notifications out on or before Monday, July 25th.

If your school(s)/district received an Alternate Accountability notification, please note we will not be sending deduction inquiries notifications to those schools.

Again, there will be another opportunity to review data and submit an inquiry form following the release of secure report cards in September (date TBD). We will notify you as soon as dates are set for the September report card inquiry process. Please let us know if you have any questions (oeamail@dpi.wi.gov).

2015-16 Report Cards - Changes and Timeline 
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

What are District and School 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 created the following resources:

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

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 school and district accountability system and your input is welcome.


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