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Six school districts exceed expectations despite pandemic challenges

Your school district’s report cards are in from the state for the first time since before the pandemic changed how kids are educated.


The state did not issue the Department of Public Instruction report cards last year due to the pandemic because of how it impacted not just the standardized testing students took but also how many of them were even in the classroom. Approximately 95 percent of school districts met or exceeded expectations according to the DPI accountability. All eight school districts were within that range, though only Sevastopol, Washington Island, and Sturgeon Bay saw an improvement in their accountability score compared to the 2018-2019 data. The accountability score is determined by looking at a district’s achievement, growth, target group outcomes, and on-track to graduation rate. Sevastopol had the highest score in the area with 81.2, a tenth of a point better than they were before the pandemic. Sturgeon Bay (80.6), Washington Island (78.8), Luxemburg-Casco (75.5), Gibraltar (74.6), and Southern Door (71.5) were all listed at exceeding expectations. Kewaunee (65.8) and Algoma (59.5) were rated at meeting expectations. The average drop in the accountability score from the 2018-2019 data was approximately 3.6 points.  


Luxemburg-Casco School District Superintendent Glenn Schlender expressed his appreciation earlier this week for the job done by their teachers and staff over the last year and a half to sustain a high level of student learning. He also admitted there are areas of deficiency due to virtual learning and quarantining of students. The Luxemburg-Casco Board of Education committed some of the district’s federal COVID-19 funds to hiring six instructional staff members to help get students that fell behind during the pandemic caught up.


You can look at how your school district did, how it compares to others in the state and how it stacks up to the 2018-2019 data by clicking the links below.


2020-2021 Wisconsin DPI Report Card

2018-2019 Wisconsin DPI Report Card

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