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The DPI Will Issue Report Cards to Schools in June

ONALASKA, Wis. -- In June, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will be sending out their very first School Accountability Report Cards to every school in the state.

These report cards are a part of the plan which the DPI submitted to the Department of Education in February in an effort to get a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act.

According to the DPI, schools will be held accountable for outcomes in four areas which include: student achievement, student growth, closing achievement gaps and whether students are on-track to graduation and post-secondary readiness.

The Superintendent of the Onalaska School District Fran Finco says this new report card will be good for the district and the community.

"It's really about the community knowing what's going on in their schools, and we have really good people working for us," said Finco. "And the better your teachers are, the more you're focused on kids and learning and less on other things. That's what we've been about for awhile."


Schools throughout the state will receive their report cards for this school year in June.

The public will get to see the report cards at the beginning of the school year after district administrators review the results with their staff.

Finco says while districts across the state are still learning how the report card works, he believes the substitution the DPI has come up with to replace the current No Child Left Behind law is better.

"This is way more realistic. For us to, it's not based on a Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam that's given one day in time, and then you're judged on your whole year based on one," said Finco. "This will not only have the state assessment results, but it will have the growth over time scores. It'll have... are you closing the gap or not."

The DPI is also working on a district-wide report card. That isn't expected to be released until next Spring or early Summer.

And at this point, Wisconsin still has not been approved for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Law. The DPI is working with Federal Officials to modify their application which the U.S. Department of Education said earlier this month had fallen short. However as of Tuesday, eight more states were granted waivers from NCLB. Now, 19 states have been granted flexibility from this law.

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