District Earns Top 2020-21 Report Card Score in State

District Earns Top 2020-21 Report Card Score in Wisconsin
Posted on 11/16/2021
This is the image for the news article titled District Earns Top 2020-21 Report Card Score in WisconsinThe Wisconsin DPI announced that the Swallow School District earned a 96.9 and rating of Significantly Exceeds Expectations for the 2020-21 school year, making it the top scoring District in the state, with subcategory scores of 96.1 for achievement, 95.4 for growth, 100 for target group outcomes, and 95.6 for on-track to graduation.

According to Superintendent Melissa Thompson, “While this data is only part of the picture of our District's performance, they do tell a part of Swallow’s impressive story. This score validates the exceptional work of our highly qualified staff, dedicated students, and supportive school community underway at Swallow every day--especially during the 2020-21 school year, when every classroom in the District was open each day for in-person instruction. Everyone from staff to students to parents are a part of this exceptional result.”

Annually the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction releases School Report Cards measuring and reporting school effectiveness in four areas. Each School Report Card calculates a school's accountability index score (0-100) through the use of a complex mathematical formula. Based upon this score, the school earns one of the five ratings: Significantly Exceeds Expectations, Exceeds Expectations, Meets Expectations, Meets Few Expectations and Fails to Meet Expectations. Beginning with the 2012-13 school year, District Report Cards also became available.

This year’s report cards replace the closing gaps priority area of past years with the new target group outcomes priority area. Another new addition to report cards this year is an optional narrative statement for districts and schools to showcase information that is not otherwise communicated in the report card. Scores are calculated in the aforementioned four priority areas; if there is insufficient data to calculate a priority area score, the measure is omitted and the remaining measures weigh more heavily in the overall score.

The District is committed to celebrating this accomplishment and the continued work of personalizing learning for each student to ensure their highest performance and growth during their years at Swallow. For additional information on the District’s 178 year legacy, please visit www.swallowschool.org or contact Melissa Thompson, Superintendent at thompson@swallowschool.org.
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