Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Excerpt from DPI letter on school report card delay


Michael J. Thompson, PhD
Deputy State Superintendent
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction


DPI has pushed the date of release for the Public Preliminary School Report Cards to October 22nd, 2012. This timeline change is made in response to requests for more time to build internal understanding within schools and districts of the School Report Cards, a critical task.

The timeline change also lets us address your feedback on aspects of the report card calculations related to the Closing Gaps priority area and attendance and absenteeism calculations and determinations. As a result of continued data review in response to this feedback, we have carried out minor adjustments that may result in changes to your schools’ scores (or an NA) for the Closing Gaps and On-Track priority areas, as well as the Absenteeism student engagement indicator. Specifically, attendance and absenteeism calculations now only include students in 5K and above and the Closing Gaps calculation includes a safeguard to ensure that three years of data are used. These modifications could in turn affect overall scores and ratings. This creates three potential impacts:

· The vast majority of schools have minor overall score changes but remain in the same overall rating category.

· A small number of schools move to a higher rating category.

· A small number of schools move to a lower category.


Updated Secure Preliminary School Report Cards will be available in SAFE by October 8th prior to the public release date of October 22nd. The updated School Report Cards will replace the prior versions.


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