School Report Card
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We have had a wonderful Fall at Wisconsin Virtual Learning! We are excited about our flexible learning environments, exceptional teaching staff and most of all, our exceptional learners! As a learning community, we are continually looking to improve our overall state report scores so that they reflect the quality of learning that occurs each day here at WVL in the Northern Ozaukee School District. One source we use to reflect on our strengths and areas for improvement is the School Report Card.
The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) generates a School Report Card and District Report Card for every publicly funded school and district in the state. These public report cards can be found online at: http://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards. The Report Cards are intended to help schools and districts use performance data to target improvement efforts that ensure students are ready for their next educational step – including the next grade level, graduation, college, and careers.
The current School Report Card is primarily based on last year’s performance, the 2018-19 school year. At the foundation of the report cards are four priority areas. Schools and districts receive a score for each priority area:
- Student Achievement proficiency in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics on the annual state assessments
- School Growth measured by year-to-year progress in ELA and math achievement
- Closing Gaps in performance between specific student groups (comparing English language learners, low-income students, students with disabilities, and members of a racial or an ethnic group with their peers)
- On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness showing reliable predictors of how many students are on-track to graduate from high school and student readiness for post-high school success
Schools and districts are also evaluated on their level of student engagement – chronic absenteeism rates and dropout rates – when applicable.
The priority area scores are aggregated into an overall accountability score, from 0 to 100. This score is displayed in the top left corner of the School or District Report Cards. It is important to note that the 0 to 100 accountability score is not a “percent correct” measurement. Based on its score, a school or district receives one of five rating categories, from Fails to Meet Expectations to Significantly Exceeds Expectations, as well as corresponding one to five stars.
Here’s some information we’d like to share from our WVL report card:
WVL has made large gains this past year within the report card system. Our score has improved 3.2 points! This places WVL in the category of “Meets Expectations”. We are very proud of the work with our students and staff to improve!
We were able to increase our overall participation on the state assessment, which helps our rating. In addition, we closed more achievement gaps and showed growth in the areas of both ELA and Math on the report card.
We continue to attract and retain students who stay with our program for longer than one year of enrollment. This continuity in programming approach for students is paramount in helping students to maximize their growth on the state level assessments.
DPI has produced two versions of each Report Card: a quick one-pager labeled “School Report Card” and lengthy, detailed version labeled, “School Report Card Detail.” Both versions can be accessed online at http://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards along with resources that explain the report cards. I have included the one page School Report Card for WVL here as well.
As DPI stresses, these report cards are just one source of information about our school. Given that, I want to share some other data that helps illuminate some of our successes and helps pinpoint areas of work in our school. Wisconsin Virtual Learning is going to continue to improve, grow, and change as we:
- Work with our High School Students to engage in learning with their teachers through implementation of “launch Monday schedule” and “resource time”. Each student will have access to their teachers and to support for their academics.
- Develop and implement more offerings for all MS and HS students to engage in each semester. Develop and reflect on the quality instructional courses through rigorous, continuous course development in our core academic areas.
- Host a third year of our Summer School Program within NOSD so that more of our students are on track to graduate in 4 years or fewer.
- Develop a new varied approach to elementary instruction with improved blended and online options.
Please let me know your thoughts and questions as they arise. I look forward to working with you to make 2019-20 a successful school year for your child!
Principal/ Executive Director