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What is the Wisconsin School Performance Report?

The Wisconsin School Performance Report (SPR) was created in 1991 with the passage of State Statute 115.38. It serves as the state's annual public school report card, and represents the department's most comprehensive resource for data on school performance and student achievement.

Information in the School Performance Report comes from three sources:

  • All of Wisconsin's public school districts and its two state schools (Wisconsin School for the Deaf and Wisconsin School for the Visually Handicapped)
  • Private firms that administer assessments to Wisconsin's students (ACT, AP, etc.)
  • DPI data collections other than SPR (PI- 1505 Annual Report, PI-1202 Fall Staff Report, and PI-1215 Curriculum Report)

The contents of the School Performance Report are organized into two broad categories: Student Performance Indicators and Opportunity-to-Learn Indicators.

Student Performance Indicators give readers a look at eight different measures of achievement:

  • Advanced Placement Test
  • American College Test (ACT)
  • Graduation Statistics
  • Knowledge & Concepts Examinations (grades four, eight and ten)
  • Postgraduation Intentions

Opportunity-to-Learn Indicators offer insight into the classes and experiences available to public school pupils. This section is divided into a District Profile and a Student Profile.

The District Profile includes:

  • Advanced Coursework
  • General Fund Expenditures
  • General Fund Revenues
  • High School Graduation Requirements
  • Pupil/Staff Ratios

The Student Profile includes:

  • Attendance
  • Dropouts
  • Expulsion
  • Extra/Co-Curricular Activities
  • Habitual Truancy
  • Retention
  • School-Sponsored Community Activities
  • Suspension (Out-of-School)