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State releases school report cards: Kohler High School still on top

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The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released its 2017-18 school report cards on November 12, 2018. The report cards measure performance of 2,114 public schools, 281 private choice schools and 422 school districts.

Kohler High School earned an accountability score of 96.7 points on an index of 100, which once again ranks Kohler number one in the state among traditional 9-12 public high schools. When factoring in private and charter schools, Kohler is second behind Tesla Engineering Charter School in Appleton, which takes the overall number one spot among public high schools with 97.8 points. Tesla is an exclusive charter school where students must qualify to be admitted.

As a district, Kohler ranks eleventh among 421 districts, putting it in the top three percent. Kohler elementary ranks seventh (top 0.05%) among the state’s 1,217 4k-5 elementary schools, and Kohler middle school ranks 25 out of 347 (top 7%).

The Kohler School District received five out of five stars in the “Overall Accountability Ratings,” giving it the highest rating of “Significantly Exceeds Expectations.” The elementary and high school also received five stars. The middle school dropped to four stars from five last year, but is still rated as “Exceeding Expectations.” (Scroll down to see report cards).

The report card’s 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.

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.

According to a news release from the state’s Department of Public Instruction, an increasing percentage of Wisconsin public and private schools and public school districts met expectations on report cards issued for the 2017-18 school year compared to the prior year. Overall, 83.7 percent of rated schools meet or exceed expectations as did 96.4 percent of the state’s 422 public school districts.

“The Kohler school community is proud of our students for their hard work,” Kohler School District Superintendent Quynh Trueblood said. “We take pride in achieving multiple measures that contribute to developing healthy and engaged students and doing well on the state’s accountability report card is certainly rewarding. There is no mistake that the results come by the good work of our dedicated faculty and staff who have champions in the school board, families, and community. Together our view is clear: When students achieve, our community thrives.”

Scroll down for Kohler’s report cards. Click here to visit the dpi report card web page


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