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New Report Cards Show Most Milwaukee Schools Still Struggling

by Christian D’Andrea
MacIver Institute Education Policy Analyst

The 2013-14 Wisconsin School Report Cards have been released, and only one district in the state earned a “Fails to Meet Expectations” grade. That was Milwaukee, where 47 schools fell below the 53-point cutoff for a passing grade in the third year of the state’s measurements. More than one in three MPS schools failed to meet Wisconsin standards during the prior school year…

This was the third year that data was reported for the state’s School Report Cards. These grades are based on student performance in grades 3-10 in four different categories. Those are: student achievement, student growth, closing gaps, and postsecondary readiness. Schools are also subject to deductions from their overall score if they fail to meet state benchmarks for attendance, test participation, and dropout rates…

The only school in the city that was given the equivalent of an “A” grade – a score of 83 or higher – came from Milwaukee’s independent 2R charters. The Downtown Montessori Academy earned a score of 84.7 for 2013-14. That number was 3.7 points higher than the next closest school, the Milwaukee German Immersion School [emphasis added].

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While the German Immersion School’s 2014 score was a bright spot for traditional MPS schools [emphasis added], the school’s performance was far from a common occurrence in the district. Only 4.5 percent of the district’s schools earned “A” or “B” grades…

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