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Kettle Moraine schools receive high grades on school report cards

Oct. 31, 2012

As the first of many changes in Kettle Moraine schools rolls out with the new state-issued school report cards on Oct. 22. All KM schools scored above state expectations on the new accountability system for schools.

The district's two charter schools, KM Perform and KM Global are among the 11 percent of schools in the state not graded by the school report card. Those schools fell into one or more categories: new, alternative, lacking sufficient size or lacking sufficient data from consecutive years to factor into the report card.

"We are proud of the learning that is occurring in our schools. All Kettle Moraine schools have exceeded the state's expectations as defined on the new school report cards," said Superintendent Pat Deklotz. "Our student achievement remains at the top of schools statewide with Kettle Moraine Middle School scoring in the top 10 middle schools (grades six through eight) in Wisconsin."

The school report cards use multiple measures of student learning to provide guidance on how schools are doing in helping children advance to the next grade and graduate ready for college and career.

Each school earned a score from 0 to 100 on the report card, called an accountability index score, Deklotz explained in a release posted on the KMSD website. The scores are determined by a point system, not a "percent correct" measurement, Deklotz pointed out.

The accountability index score is based on school performance in four priority areas - student achievement in reading and mathematics on state assessments, student growth measured by year-to-year improvement in achievement, closing gaps in performance between specific student groups, and on-track to graduation or postsecondary readiness using reliable predictors of high school graduation and postsecondary success.

Scores are divided into five categories from Significantly Exceeds Expectations to Fails to Meet Expectations. The school scores, along with other school data, will help staff at each school determine where they do well and where improvement is needed.

"The goal is to help every student in our school succeed, graduate and be ready to pursue further education and a career," explained Deklotz.

Two versions of the school report card are produced for each school by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, a basic report card and a lengthy Technical Report Card, containing detailed information.

"I am confident the new school report card, as well as many other changes being implemented in Wisconsin schools, will help our schools identify our strengths and promptly move to address areas for improvements," said Deklotz.

KMSD school report cards can be found on the district website at

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