Hamilton one of only five K-12 school districts with top rating on Wisconsin School Report Card

Wisconsin School Report Card data were released Sept. 16, and the Hamilton School District’s performance once again was among the highest in the state. Hamilton was one of only five K-12 school districts in the state that earned the top “significantly exceeds expectations” rating in the third annual School Report Card released by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. In addition to the district earning the highest designation possible, Lannon, Marcy and Woodside elementary schools and Hamilton High School also earned “significantly exceeds expectations” at the school level. Maple Avenue Elementary School and Templeton Middle School earned “exceeds expectations” ratings.

“Being among the top five K-12 school districts in Wisconsin is a great accomplishment,” said Hamilton Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D. “It is a credit to staff members, families and community members who have high expectations for Hamilton students and support what it takes to provide an excellent educational environment.”

“The district’s Strategic Plan lays out the steps we need to take to ensure maximum achievement for all students. It has helped guide us in how we use resources so that instruction is the priority,” she said. “Our continued focus is to provide rigorous curriculum and high quality instruction which engages learners and inspires personal responsibility.”

Wisconsin implemented a new educational accountability system two 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 new report cards present an overall accountability score calculated using four factors:

  • student achievement on state assessments;
  • year-to-year student growth in reading and mathematics;
  • success in closing gaps between specific groups of students; and
  • predictors of high school graduation and postsecondary readiness.

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). Each Hamilton school was rated as “exceeds expectations” or “significantly exceeds expectations.

Hamilton School District 2013-14 School Report Card data

School

Overall score

Student achievement

Reading

achievement

Math achievement

Overall

rating

Lannon

86.7

90.2

40.2

50.0

Signif. exceeds

Maple Ave.

81.0

84.8

35.3

49.5

Exceeds

Marcy

89.0

93.8

43.8

50.0

Signif. exceeds

Woodside

87.0

87.2

38.2

49.0

Signif. exceeds

Templeton

79.7

87.6

38.1

49.5

Exceeds

Hamilton High

85.2

85.9

39.8

46.1

Signif. exceeds

District

83.0

88.5

38.8

49.7

Signif. exceeds

Overall achievement scores among Waukesha County K-12 school districts show Hamilton having the:

  • second highest K-12 school district (out of 10);
  • third highest regular high school (out of 15);
  • fourth highest middle school (out of 14); and
  • second, fourth, sixth and 19th highest elementary school performances (out of 53).