2015-16 school and District report cards released | Kenosha Unified School District

2015-16 school and District report cards released

Kenosha Unified School District earned three stars on the overall district state report card from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, issued for the 2015-16 school year. Based on the star rating, KUSD achieved a designation that the district “meets expectations” for educating students.

Report cards are issued based on four priority areas: student achievement in English language arts and mathematics, student growth, closing gaps between student populations, and measures of readiness for graduation and postsecondary success. While school and district report cards provide information to the community, they do not represent a full picture of the work happening at a school.

The list below provides some of the highlights from the recently released district and school report cards:

  • KUSD achieved an overall accountability rating of “Meets Expectations” (71.6)
  • 80 percent of KUSD schools achieved at least three stars or made satisfactory progress on the 2015-16 school report cards
  • KUSD had nine schools attain the “Significantly Exceeds Expectations” category
  • KUSD has three schools that utilize the alternative accountability rating system and all three achieved the highest rating of “Satisfactory Progress”
  • KUSD achieved the highest overall district score among the five largest Wisconsin public school districts, as well as placing first on three of the four noted priority areas

2015-16 KUSD Report Card Summary

Accountability Rating Schools
Significantly Exceeds Expectations - ☆☆☆☆☆ 9
Exceeds Expectations - ☆☆☆☆ 14
Meets Expectations - ☆☆☆ 6
Meets Few Expectations - ☆☆ 5
Fails to Meet Expectations - ☆ 3
Alternate Accountability - Satisfactory Progress 3
Alternate Accountability - Needs Improvement 0
Not Rated 0
Total 40

Superintendent Dr. Sue Savaglio-Jarvis said, “The progress made on the state report cards is an indicator that student learning and achievement in Kenosha Unified is headed in the right direction. Our staff continuously works to ensure that each child is learning at his or her full potential while also providing a nurturing environment in which they can flourish. I am proud to see KUSD at the top of the list for the largest districts in the state because I know how passionate and driven our team is about making our schools the very best for our students, families and community.”

The 2015-16 report cards underwent major changes that were part of Wisconsin Act 55, the 2015-17 state budget. Those changes include variable weighting to address the impacts of poverty on student achievement, a new model for measuring student growth based on value-added methodology developed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the legislative requirement to change from the Badger Exam to the Forward Exam.

Because report cards rely on multiple years of data, the 2015-16 report cards are based on one year each of Badger and Forward exam results for grades three through eight, and the ACT Plus Writing as well as Dynamic Learning Maps assessments in grades three through eight and grade 11. The third year of data came from the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam and Wisconsin Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities. Using data from three different assessments in calculations, along with other legislated changes, makes comparisons of school and district performance to prior report card ratings inaccurate and inadvisable.

Five Largest
Wisconsin Districts
On-Track and
Readiness Score
Overall Rating
Green Bay Area Public 53.2 52.7 58.0 80.4 61.0 Meets Few Expectations
Kenosha Unified 59.5 70.8 66.2 85.1 71.6 Meets Expectations
Madison Metropolitan 60.6 64.1 61.2 82.7 67.5 Meets Expectations
Milwaukee 35.9 60.3 57.4 68.0 55.3 Meets Few Expectations
Racine Unified 41.2 26.1 60.8 74.4 48.1 Fails to Meet Expectations

NOTES: A complete list of KUSD schools and their respective accountability results is attached to this press release. Report cards can be found on the Department of Public Instruction’s Office of Accountability School and District Report Card webpage, http://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards.