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Wisconsin School Report Card: Hamilton highest performing K-12 district in Waukesha County, sixth highest in state

Wisconsin School Report Card data were released recently, and the Hamilton School District’s performance once again was among the highest in the state. Hamilton was the highest rated school district in Waukesha County and sixth highest among Wisconsin’s 367 K-12 school districts.Hamiltons-state-report-card-score

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. Using all these measures, Hamilton ranked sixth among 368 Wisconsin school districts and was one of only 26 districts to earn the top designation of “significantly exceeds” expectations for performance.

Hamilton’s student achievement scores were most impressive. Among the 367 K-12 school districts in the state, Hamilton had the:

  • second highest student achievement score;
  • fourth highest mathematics score; and
  • fourth highest reading and language arts results.

In addition to the district earning the highest designation possible, Lannon, Maple Avenue, Marcy and Woodside elementary schools and Templeton Middle School also earned “significantly exceeds expectations” at the school level. Hamilton High School earned an “exceeds expectations” rating. All schools in the district had better scores than last year.

“Results of the latest State Report Card are a reflection of the deep commitment that students, staff and community have for education,” said Hamilton Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D.

“Our success is possible because citizens have recognized that investing in education supports a vibrant community and high quality of life not just for students, but for all who live here,” Mielke said. “I am proud of the outstanding accomplishments of our schools.”

Wisconsin implemented a new educational accountability system five 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 2016-17 School Report Card data

School Overall score  Student achievement  Reading/lang arts achvmt Math achievement Overall
Lannon 89.3 97  47.5 49.5 Signif. exceeds
Maple Ave. 89.9 97.1 47.7 49.4 Signif. exceeds
Marcy 96.2 99.4 49.4 50.0 Signif. exceeds
Woodside 90.4 96.6 47.2 49.4 Signif. exceeds
Templeton 85.5 91.6 48 43.6 Signif. exceeds
Hamilton  HS 77 83.2 41.6 41.6 Exceeds
District 88.1 94.5 47.5 47.1 Signif. exceeds

Among Waukesha County K-12 school districts, Hamilton was:
• first for the overall accountability score;
• first for overall student achievement;
• first for reading and language arts achievement;
• first for mathematics achievement.