Student achievement

Test scores and student data in this annual report were compiled from several sources. Wisconsin school districts are required to provide an annual report that compares local district data to statewide averages. Certain charts with statewide comparisons use 2015-16 school year data — the most recent available from the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI). The DPI tabulates local information with data from other Wisconsin school districts to determine school, district and state averages. In some cases, DPI data for the 2014-15 was not available and the most recent information from the state was used.

The Hamilton School District chose to provide additional information as well. In these cases, the most up-to-date information was used.

Wisconsin Forward Exam: Waukesha County results

The strong achievement on the new Wisconsin Forward Exam was a significant factor in the district’s successful school report card. The district topped statewide averages by 19 – 27 percentage points and outperformed most Waukesha County school districts in all subject areas.

The Forward Exam, like the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam which it replaced, is a criterion-referenced system in which a standard is set and scores reflect the percentage of students who achieve at that level. The four categories of proficiency are minimal, basic, proficient and advanced.

Shown in the tables below are mathematics and English-language arts results from the 2015-16 Forward Exam. The numbers reflect the percentage of students who achieved at the proficient and advanced levels.

  • Students in grades 3-8 were tested in mathematics and English-language arts. In addition, students in grades 4 and 8 were tested in science, and students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in social studies.
  • More than 69 percent of Hamilton students were proficient or advanced in English-language arts compared to 42.5 percent at the state level.
  • In mathematics 67.6 percent of Hamilton students were proficient or advanced — 25.3 percentage points higher than the state average.
  • Hamilton’s science score of 70.1 percent was 20 percentage points higher than the state average of 50.1 percent.
  • The social studies score was 68.9 percent for Hamilton and 49.7 percent statewide.
  • Among Waukesha County’s K-12 school districts, Hamilton was the top performer in mathematics, science and English-language arts. It was the third highest for social studies.

Beyond its strong performance relative to Waukesha County school districts, Hamilton’s ranking was also high among the 367 K-12 school districts in the Wisconsin. Hamilton:
• tied for third highest mathematics score;
• had the fourth highest overall student achievement score; and
• was fifth highest in English-language arts results.

Student achievement results are the cumulative effects of sound decisions to increase the rigor of the curriculum and enhance instructional strategies. Initiatives across the district emphasize literacy skills, high quality instruction and targeted, systematic interventions for students who need them.

For disaggregated data please click here.

English-language arts




Advanced coursework

Advanced Placement classes are vigorous college-level coursework where high students can earn college credit and prepare  for post-secondary coursework. At Hamilton High School, students have the following Advanced Placement options: biology, physics, calculus AB, calculus BC, statistics, English literature, English language, studio art, U.S. history, European history and government. Other courses are offered periodically based on student interest, staff availability and curriculum.

2014-15 Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 District
Math 0 21 24 96 141
Science 0 0 45 62 107
F. Lang. 0 0 0 0 0
English 0 0 29 36 65
Soc. Studies 0 29 60 111 200
Art 0 0 0 4 4

Advanced Placement testing

The College Board offers Advanced Placement (AP) Testing to high school students. Credits earned in the AP program are recognized by the University of Wisconsin System and many other colleges and universities. The table below shows the 2014-15 results.

# students in AP # exams taken % exams passed
Hamilton High 358 605 80.5%
State 38,075 64,559 66.6%

ACT Test Results

This chart shows the ACT results of 2015 graduating seniors who took the enhanced American College Test as juniors or seniors. The test is one criterion for college admission. The results are broken down based on local, state and national averages. The local results are further delineated to show the difference between students who complete core academic courses recommended by ACT and those who do not.

Hamilton State National
# students 267 41,530 1,845,787
English 23.9 21.4 20.4
Math 25.0 21.9 20.8
Reading 24.1 22.4 21.4
Science 24.3 22.2 20.9
Composite 24.5 22.1 21.0


Graduation requirements

Wisconsin law establishes a minimum number of credits required to graduate. Hamilton exceeded the state recommendation.

Subject District State
English 4.0 4.0
Foreign language 0.0 0.0
Computer science 0.0 0.0
Math 2.0 2.0
Science 2.0 2.0
Social studies 3.0 3.0
Fine Arts 0.0 0.0
Physical education 1.5 1.5
Health 0.5 0.5
Vocational/technical 0.0 0.0
Electives 15.0 8.5
Total 28.0 21.5

Graduation rate

Dropouts are students who stop attending class, have not graduated or don’t meet a set of prescribed exclusions. They do not include students who transferred, have excused absences, died, are imprisoned or hospitalized.

# of Graduates Graduation Rate %
Hamilton 329 96.7
State 65,239 88.4