Grafton schools shine on DPI report card

District’s overall score is highest-ever in annual ratings; all five local schools receive Exceeds Expectations grades
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

Grafton schools scored in the top two levels on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction report cards for the 2017-18 school year that were released last week.

The overall score for the Grafton School District was 83.6, which is categorized as Significantly Exceeds Expectations and is the highest ranking awarded by the DPI.

Grafton ranked ninth among the 32 K-12 school districts in southeastern Wisconsin and 25 out of 367 districts in the state.

“Grafton schools are very proud of the fact that our overall district accountability rating has moved into the highest category of Significantly Exceeds Expectations for the first time on the Wisconsin District Report Card,” Supt. Jeff Nelson said. “We recognize the efforts of our staff to reach our motto of ‘Every Student, Every Day’ and our students for their commitment to doing their best on a daily basis.”

Grafton is in the top 6.8% of districts across the state, a 2.1% increase from last year.

In Ozaukee County, Grafton is ranked second in the district accountability score, trailing only Mequon-Thiensville’s 87.9.

Woodview Elementary School achieved a score of 80.6 points, Kennedy Elementary School attained 74.6 points, John Long Middle School earned 80.2 points and Grafton High School scored 79.5 points. All of the schools were graded as Exceeds Expectations.

The former Grafton Elementary School scored 85.8 points, rated as Significantly Exceeds Expectations.

DPI report cards use a range of criteria in calculating the rankings, which include results from standardized tests. The department released an overall score for each school district and every school in Wisconsin.

The overall score was based on student achievement, district growth, closing gaps and on-track and postsecondary readiness.

Dianna Kresovic, Grafton’s director of teaching and learning, said the categories are weighted differently based on the number of students who have disabilities, are minorities and are English language learners.

Schools and districts are also evaluated on student engagement, including test participation and absenteeism and dropout rates.

“We are very proud of our work across the district to improve our student achievement and accountability data,” Kresovic said.

“As a system, we are employing instructional strategies with a heavy emphasis and focus on assessment practices. This includes teachers working collaboratively within a professional learning community to review assessment data and analyze instructional practices in the classroom.

“The district’s K-12 teacher leadership team continues to direct our work through the district and building teaching and learning action plans.”

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