State law (Act 55) specifies that annually every public school, including charter schools, and each private school participating in a Choice program is to provide parents with a copy of the report card and their educational options. In order to meet this requirement, schools may:
- Link to the School Report Card online
- Post their School Report Card to their own website
- Send a hard copy of the School Report Card home
- Email their School Report Card to parents if they have a working email for every student
We do not want to create additional burden for schools or districts. Doing one of the above fulfills the accountability notice requirement.
Schools and districts are also required to provide the list of educational options. Wisconsin Statute 115.385(4):
Annually, each public school, including a charter school, and each private school participating in a parental choice program under s. 118.60 or 119.23 shall provide a copy of the school's accountability report to the parent or guardian of each pupil enrolled in or attending the school. Each school shall simultaneously provide to the parent or guardian of each pupil enrolled in the school a list of the educational options available to children who reside in the pupil's resident school district, including public schools, private schools participating in a parental choice program, charter schools, virtual schools, full-time open enrollment, youth options, course options, and options for pupils enrolled in a home-based private educational program.
Guidance for schools and districts to use to meet the requirements of Act 55 is available here: http://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/administrators/e-mail/ed-options-info.pdf