The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.
|Test score rating||4|
|Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in the state.|
|Student growth rating||6|
|Student growth rating measures whether students at this school are making academic progress over time. Specifically, the rating looks at how much progress individual students have made on reading and math assessments during the past year or more.|
|College readiness rating||2|
|College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.|
|This rating encompasses five elements of school climate: safety and cleanliness, respect and relationships, expectations for students, teacher collaboration and support, and parent involvement. This school's climate ratings are the result of GreatSchools' analysis of teacher survey data from the Spring 2013 School Climate Survey developed by Milwaukee Public Schools.|
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Facts (and fiction) about school test scores
They're never the whole story, but test scores do offer important information about a school. If you know how to dig deeper.
The bar charts below tell what percentage of students are performing at or above grade-level.
Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS)
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About the test
GreatSchools' ratings currently reflect 2012-13 testing data.
Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the WSAS test. As a result of these changes, proficiency scores for Wisconsin schools are lower than they were in previous years.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction