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School & District State Report

School & District State Report
Posted on 11/15/2018

November 13, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have had a wonderful Fall in the Glendale-River Hills School District! We are excited about our many new initiatives over the last few years including Readers and Writers Workshop, CIM (Comprehensive Intervention Model) for ELA interventions, AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) for grades 4th-8th, National Geographic Science, Illustrative Math (grades 6th-8th), staff development in equity in education, AVMR (Add+Vantage Math Recovery) Math Interventions (grades K-5) and many more. As a learning community, we are continually looking to improve teaching and learning in our district. One source we use to reflect on our strengths and areas for improvement is the State 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 utilize performance data to target their improvement efforts so that students are ready for their next educational step – including the next grade level, graduation, college, and careers.

The current School Report Card is based on 3-5 years of performance (depending upon the priority area), including the 2017-18 school year.  At the foundation of the report cards are four priority areas: Student Achievement, School Growth, Closing Gaps, and On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness. 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 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

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 Significantly Exceeds Expectations to Fails to Meet Expectations.

Here’s some information we’d like to share from our district report card:

District and School State Report Card Scores for 2017-18


State Comparison Group

Student Achievement

  • ELA
  • Math







District Growth

  • ELA
  • Math







Closing Gaps

  • ELA
  • Math







On Track and Post-Secondary Readiness



Overall Score


Overall Accountability Rating

Meets Expectations

I want to share these results with you because they help illuminate some of our successes and help to pinpoint areas of focus in our school/district. But as DPI stresses, these report cards are just one source of information about our district and schools.

All in all, these scores show that we are outperforming the state in most priority areas. And we are continuing to improve. We had more students score in the advanced and proficient range (when compared to our last state report card of 2016-17) in all tested areas: ELA, Math, Science (only 4th and 8th grades tested) and Social Studies  (only 4th and 8th grades tested). We are addressing achievement and growth in the area of mathematics via training teachers in AVMR Math interventions (started in spring of 2018) and with the implementation of our new math program in 6th-8th grade, Illustrative Mathematics (started fall of 2018). Our Closing Gaps scores are a little bit deceiving in that our students groups measured for this category (students of color, low-income students, English learners (or emerging bilingual students), students with disabilities) all achieved at a higher level than their corresponding group at the state level (with the exception of low-income students in math).  But, of course, our work here is not done until the gaps are closed. As such we will continue striving for equity in education via continuing staff development and the continued refinement of the implementation of the AVID program.

DPI has produced two versions of each Report Card:  a quick one-pager labeled “School Report Card” and lengthier, 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 version of our District and School Report Cards below.

Please let me know your thoughts and questions as they arise. I look forward to working with you to make 2018-19 a successful school year for your child!


Larry Smalley

For the detailed report cards, click below:

Glendale-River Hills School District

Parkway Elementary School

Glen Hills Middle School

For additional information in understanding the report card, click here.