2015-16 Accountability Updates
The 2015-16 report cards underwent major changes that were part of Wisconsin Act 55, including variable weighting to address the impacts of poverty on student achievement, a new model for measuring student growth based on value-added methodology developed by the University of Wisconsin Madison, and the legislative requirement to change from the Badger Exam to the Forward Exam.
Because report cards rely on multiple years of data, the 2015-16 report cards are based on one year each of Badger and Forward exams for grades 3-8, and the ACT Plus Writing in grade 11. The third year of data came from the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam. According to the Wisconsin Department of Instruction, using data from three different assessments in calculations, along with other legislated changes, makes comparisons of school and district performance to prior report card ratings inaccurate and inadvisable.