Accountability for private schools has been a hot
topic in Wisconsin .
and a new bill begins to address those concerns.
Governor Walker has signed a bill requiring private
schools participating in the voucher program.
to submit data to the state they don't currently provide.
The information will be a part of the schools report
which is something private schools haven't received
in the past.
News Eight's Kyle Dimke is here with more on this
Mark and Lisa .
Public schools have been receiving report cards for
about two years now.
graduation rates .
and test scores all make up a schools report card.
Aquinas Catholic Schools is one of the private schools
that will now receive a report card...
but they worry that it may not be a fair comparrison.
There are 23 students in the Aquinas Catholic School
System participating in the voucher program...
but only 8 of those students were at the age requiring
them to take the Wisconsin Concepts and Knowledge
which is the state-wide standards test.
KN: 1- Our students who took the WKCE this year represent
less than 1.7% of our enrollment.
Aquinas President Kurt Nelson says those 8 students
would now represent the entire Aquinas school system
on their state report card.
which he says is unfair.
KN: 2- If we're going to report and have an apples
to apples comparrison, lets take measures that really
account for the whole school system.
President Nelson says Aquinas schools are taking nationally
He wonders why tests that all Aquinas students are
can't be used towards the report card.
KN: 9- When you talk statistics the smaller the sample
size the more unreliable it is.
So a school district, a public school district that
has many many students and is collecting lots of data
those are fairly reliable statistics.
RN: 4- Some of our smaller programs and some of our
smaller schools actually as those are being graded
for their state report card, 8 students are making
a difference on those, either good or sometimes not
La Crosse School District Superintendent Randy Nelson
feels the new bill is a step in the right direction.
RN: 1- This bill is a good start but I think I do
believe that in the bigger picture of things it still
falls largely short of really what the accountability
systems ought to focus on.
Superintedent Nelson agrees there is a difference
between reporting on just students recieving vouchers
and all students at those schools...
but feels the bill was put in place to monitor the
students recieving state funding.
RN: 11- I think that when you accept the tax payers
dollars, and there are always strings attatched to
those when you do that, and if that's one of the strings
then I think thats one of the rules that people need
to play by.
Aquinas president Kurt Nelson says he wants the information
being released to be reliable.
He says if the state decides to only include voucher
then it should not be labeled as representing the
The report cards for voucher schools will begin in
the twenty fifteen .
twenty sixteen school year.