District and School Report Cards

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) generates a School Report Card and District Report Card for every publicly funded school and district in the state. These report cards can be accessed online here: http://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards. The Report Cards are intended to help all schools and districts utilize data on specific measures to target improvement efforts to ensure students are ready for the next educational step – including the next grade level, graduation, college, and careers. 

The current School Report Card is primarily based on last year’s performance, the 2020-21 school year.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DPI and WGSD encourage caution when interpreting scores and ratings on the 2020-2021 report cards. 

At the foundation of the report cards are four priority areas. Schools and districts receive a score for each priority area: 

  • Achievement - proficiency in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics on state assessments

  • Growth - measured by year-to-year improvements in achievement

  • Target Group Outcomes - Outcomes for students with the lowest test scores

  • On-Track to Graduation - predictors of how successfully students are progressing toward completing their K-12 education

The priority area scores are then aggregated into an overall accountability score, from 0 to 100. This score is displayed on the front page of the school or district report card. It is important to note that the 0 to 100 accountability score is not a “percent correct” measurement.  Based on its score, a school or district receives one of five rating categories, from Fails to Meet Expectations to Significantly Exceeds Expectations, as well as one to five stars.  

This report card is just one source of information about our district.  It is important to keep in contact with your child’s school for the wonderful activities and programs we continue to offer. 

Waterford Graded Report Card score was a 76.8 up from 74.5 which places us in the Exceeds Expectations and a four star rating. An increase of any kind during these unprecedented times is impressive as an indicator of our community’s commitment to education.  All of our schools exceeded expectations on the state report card. We are proud of the accomplishments that our students, staff, parents and community members have done in ensuring our children have successful educational experiences.  

The reports are available on our district website. You may also find the guides, “School Report Cards At-A-Glance” and “What’s New for the 2017-18 Accountability Report Cards” useful when looking through the report card.  Please let me know your thoughts and questions as they arise. I look forward to collaborating with you to make 2021-2022 a successful school year for all of our children!

Yours in education,

T. Sloan Allen, 

Director of Curriculum and Student Growth