Wisconsin School Report Cards were released, and the Hamilton School District’s achievement once again was strong and among the top 2% in the state. In the category of district achievement score, Hamilton was the fifth highest among Wisconsin’s 367 K-12 school districts.
School Report Cards are based on four priority areas: student achievement in English language arts and mathematics; student growth; target group outcomes for students with the lowest test scores; and measures that indicate if students are on track to graduate including absenteeism, graduation and attendance rates as well as third grade reading and eighth grade mathematics achievement.
By law, the larger the percentage of district’s students who are economically disadvantaged, the more the growth measure contributes to its overall score. This allows schools and districts to be rewarded for advancing students’ progress regardless of their starting level. This year’s report cards replace the closing gaps priority area of past years with the new target group outcomes priority area. This measure was designed to help focus support on the learners who need it most, while also improving outcomes for all students.
Using all these measures, Hamilton ranked 24th among 367 Wisconsin school districts in overall accountability.
Of the four measures, Hamilton excelled most in the student achievement area. Among the 367 K-12 school districts in the state, Hamilton had the:
- fourth highest district achievement score;
- third highest mathematics score; and
- fifth highest reading and language arts results.
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).
The district’s four elementary schools — Lannon, Maple Avenue, Marcy and Woodside — earned the top designation of “significantly exceeds expectations,” and the district, Templeton Middle School and Hamilton High School were designated as “exceeds expectations.” Silver Spring Intermediate School, which was opened in 2019, did not have enough data to be rated.
“Once again, the Hamilton School District performed quite well on the State Report Card,” said Hamilton Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D. “This is one measure to assess the district’s performance, but it is an important one that illuminates the successes to build upon and areas to pinpoint for future focus.”
“This high level of performance is the result of 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.