For the first time in Hamilton School District history, all eligible schools received the highest 5-star “significantly exceeds expectations” designation on the 2019 Wisconsin School Report Card.
What is not a first? The district as a whole earning the top rating. In fact, Hamilton has significantly exceeded expectations all six years Wisconsin School Report Cards have been produced. This year, Hamilton was the 10th highest rated district among Wisconsin’s 367 K-12 school districts and third highest in Waukesha County.
School Report Cards are 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. In addition, they measure chronic absenteeism and dropout rates. Using all these measures, Hamilton was one of only 25 K-12 districts to earn the top designation of “significantly exceeds” expectations for performance.
Hamilton’s student achievement scores were in the top 1-2% in the state. Among the 367 Wisconsin K-12 school districts, Hamilton had the:
- second highest student achievement score;
- third highest mathematics score;
- third highest postsecondary readiness score; and
- fifth highest reading and language arts results.
In addition to the district earning the highest designation possible, Lannon, Maple Avenue, Marcy and Woodside elementary schools, Templeton Middle School and Hamilton High School also earned “significantly exceeds expectations” at the school level. Hamilton High School’s achievement scores increased in every category and it earned the highest rating and its highest overall accountability score ever.
“This is a true accomplishment for our district,” said Hamilton Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D. “This report is an important measure that reflects the performance of our schools and the district. Using the data from this report, we see our successes and know where to focus attention for future success.”
“The results we have attained are due to the hard work of students and staff who put a priority on learning, as well as the support and high expectations of our parents and community,” Mielke said.
Wisconsin implemented a new educational accountability system seven years ago with more rigorous benchmarks and a new way to report school progress. Each public school now has a School Report Card that lets people know how well it is preparing students for their futures. Because of strategic planning efforts and a track record of focusing on student achievement, schools in the Hamilton School District earned positive ratings under the new system.
The overall accountability score rates schools on a scale of 0 to 100 and places them in one of five categories: significantly exceeds expectations (83-100), exceeds expectations (73-82.9), meets expectations (63-72.9), meets few expectations (53-62.9) and fails to meet expectations (52.9 and below).
Hamilton School District 2018-19 School Report Card data
Among Waukesha County’s 10 K-12 school districts, Hamilton was:
- third for the overall accountability score;
- first for overall student achievement;
- first for reading and language arts achievement; and
- second for mathematics achievement.