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Accountability Timeline for 2015-16 Report Cards 

School and district report cards for the 2015-16 school year will be released in Fall 2016. Some aspects of the report cards are new to the accountability system. For further details, please see:
10 Things You Need to Know about 2015-16 Accountability

Note: All dates are tentative and will be updated as soon as possible. All secure report cards and their data are embargoed until the public release.

*The secure release provides schools and districts with an opportunity to review their embargoed report card data, plan a local media release, and initiate an inquiry process if needed.

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:

2015-16 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