Kohler High School earns top spot on state’s 2016-17 report card – District overall earns third highest score in the state
The state’s school report cards, released November 21 by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, show that Kohler High School earned the highest accountability score of all grade 9-12 public high schools in the state for the second consecutive year. Kohler High received 97.7 points on an index of 100.
This is the state’s second year of using the current report card format, which uses legislatively mandated growth and value-added calculations. According to a DPI press release, accountability ratings are calculated on four priority areas: student achievement in English language arts and mathematics; school growth; closing gaps between student groups; and measures of postsecondary readiness, which includes graduation and attendance rates; third grade English language arts achievement; and eighth grade mathematics achievement. Additionally, schools and districts could have point deductions for missing targets for student engagement: absenteeism must be less than 13 percent and dropout rates must be less than 6 percent.
On district level report cards, the Kohler School District, (762 students), received the third highest accountability score (90.4) among all public K4-12 districts in the state. Kohler Middle School received a score of 86.9, and the elementary school received a score of 93.2 points. Sevastopol (594 students) takes the top spot as a district with a score of 94.5, followed by Mineral Point Unified (713 students) with a score of 90.7. The highest score of all (99 points), went to a K-8 school – Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners (341 students), which is part of the Green Bay Area Public School District. The state average student achievement score is 66.7.
In all, Kohler is one of 44 districts earning five-star ratings, 190 had four stars, 166 earned three stars, and 20 had two stars. “The report card scores are one of many measures of success at Kohler Schools. I am incredibly proud of the students and staff. Their hard work is commendable!” said Kohler Schools superintendent Quynh Trueblood.
The report card uses a five-star rating system (see diagram below). Overall, 361 public and private school report cards earned five-star ratings, 719 had four stars, 643 had three stars, 261 had two stars, and 117 schools earned one star. Another 173 schools achieved satisfactory progress and 21 need improvement through alternate accountability.
This was the first time most of the private schools in the state’s voucher programs were given full report cards. About 140 private voucher schools did not receive ratings this year, because they did not provide the state with sufficient data.
The report cards are intended to help schools and districts use performance data to target improvement efforts to ensure students are ready for their next educational step, including the next grade level, graduation, college, and careers.