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Report cards are in, schools get the grade this time


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - State officials unveiled numerical ratings Monday for all of Wisconsin’s mroe than 2,100 public schools.

Despite tougher standards, over 85% of schools still met or exceeded the state’s expectations. Each school was signed a numerical rating between zero-and-100 based on graduation rates, student growth in reading-and-math, and the closings of achievement gaps between different racial-and-ethnic groups.

Only 76 schools received the lowest ranking for failing to meet expectations, with ratings below 53 on the scale of 100.  Schools are meeting expectations if their numbers are 65-or-higher. Those above 73 are exceeding expectations. Scoring standards on statewide achievement tests have also been toughened to keep up with national standards.

Governor Scott Walker praised the large number of high-performing schools, but he adds that too many others are failing.

State Superintendent Tony Evers says the new report cards are a more comprehensive way to measure students’ effectiveness in preparing for college and a more complex work environment.

At least one local administrator says the numbers don’t reflect what’s going on in his schools. Hartland Arrowhead received a score of 75-point-two – but Superintendent Craig Jefson said the state did not count students who received high school equivalency diplomas as graduates.