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 complete report card (detailed version) and a list of their educational options.
- Must provide a copy of the school’s report card and
- Simultaneously provide a list of educational options to parents
- Must publish a class 1 notice in the newspaper, which lists the report card accountability ratings of each school—public, charter, and choice—that is within the district boundaries and
- Must include in the class 1 notice that the complete school and district report cards are available on the district’s website
- Must list educational options on its website.
- Must link to the school report card from the school website within 30 days after the report cards are published (provided the school has an internet site)
- Must provide a copy of the report card to all parents/guardians (not just those participating in the choice program), and simultaneously,
- Must provide a list of educational options
Further guidance on meeting the requirements of Act 55 is available for schools and districts. Schools and districts may - if they wish - post their own local report card alongside the Accountability Report Card that DPI produces. An optional template for a local report card is available for districts to customize as they see fit.
Further Guidance for Choice Schools
The following are report card and educational options notification requirements for schools participating in the Private School Choice Program. Annually, private schools participating in a parental choice program, must provide to the parent or guardian of each pupil enrolled in or attending the school the following:
- A copy of the school’s accountability report (report card); and simultaneously,
- A list of the educational options available to children who reside in the pupil’s resident school district, which must include 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. [§ 115.385(4), Wis. Stats.]
Within 30 days after DPI publication of report cards: Choice schools that have a school website are required to post the school’s report card to the school’s website home page within 30 days after DPI publishes the report cards. Choice schools must prominently link, from the school’s home page, the school’s most recent report card. [§§ 119.23(9m) and 118.60(9m), Wis. Stats.]
Suggestions for Meeting Requirements
- Fulfill the above two requirements at one time by prominently linking, from the school’s website homepage, the school’s most recent report card and information about accessing the list of educational options through DPI’s website. A Choice school could then provide notice to parents through email, if the school has a working email for every student’s parent/guardian, or other school communications such as a newsletter, that the report card and list of educational options is available on the school’s website; or
- Provide parents and guardians with a copy of school’s report card and list of educational options. A Choice school might provide hard copies of these materials to each student to take home. In addition, within 30 days of publication, prominently link, from the school’s website homepage, the school’s most recent report card.
- Provide parents and guardians with a copy of school’s report card and list of educational options. A Choice school might provide hard copies of these materials to each student to take home; or
- Email parents information about accessing the school’s report card and list of educational options electronically, through DPI’s website if the school has a working email for every student’s parent/guardian; or
- Email a copy of the school’s report card and the list of educational options if the school has a working email for every student’s parent/guardian.