School & District State Report

School & District State Report
Posted on 12/18/2017

December 2017 

Although we are well into the 2017-2018 school year, you may have noticed the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s recent release of school and district assessment data from 2016-2017. The report cards are intended to help all schools and districts utilize data on specific measures to target improvement efforts to ensure students are ready for the next educational step, including the next grade level, graduation, college, and careers.

The current District and School Report Cards, based primarily on the 2016-17 school year data take into consideration attendance, demographics, as well as 3rd and 8th Grade Forward results for Math and English Language Arts achievement and growth. The same measures and weighting formula from 2015-16 were used for 2016-17, though score fluctuations from year to year are very likely due to the changing assessments used over the last few years. It will not be until fall of 2018 that three years’ of Forward data will be used to calculate scores. At that time, we will likely start to see scores stabilize.    

Report Card Year

Assessments Used for Three Year Data

2015-16 scores

WKCE (2013-14), Badger (2014-15), Forward (2015-16)

2016-17 scores

Badger (2014-15), Forward (2015-16), Forward (2016-17)

2017-18 scores

Forward (2015-16), Forward (2016-17), Forward (2017-18)

At the foundation of the report card are four priority areas. Schools and districts receive a score for each of these areas:

Student Achievement shows proficiency in English language arts and mathematics on state assessments

Student Growth measured by year-to-year improvements in English language arts and mathematics achievement

Closing Gaps in performance between specific student groups (comparing English language learners, low-income students, students with disabilities, and members of a racial or ethnic group with their peers)

On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness is a measurement using reliable predictors of high school graduation and potential post high school success. Because we do not have a high school as part of our district, attendance and achievement are used to calculate this score.

The priority area scores are then aggregated into an overall accountability score, from 0 to 100. This score is displayed in the top left corner of the School or District Report Cards.  It is important to note that the 0 to 100 accountability score is not a “percent correct” measurement. The score is primarily based on our performance last year, the 2016-17 school year, across the four priority areas. Schools and districts are also evaluated on their level of student engagement - chronic absenteeism rates and dropout rates (when applicable). Based on its score, a school or district receives one of these five rating categories:

Significantly Exceeds Expectations (5 stars)
Exceeds Expectations (4 stars)
Meets Expectations (3 stars)
Meets Few Expectations (2 stars)
Fails to Meet Expectations (1 star)

We are pleased to share the following results:

Priority Areas


Glen Hills

Glendale-River Hills School District

State (K-12)

Student Achievement





Student Growth





Closing Gaps





On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness





Overall Score


Exceeds Expectations

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Exceeds Expectations

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Exceeds Expectations

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For the District, Parkway Elementary and Glen Hills Middle, we celebrate that we:

  • Scored above the state average in Student Achievement
  • Scored above the state average in Closing Gaps
  • Scored above average on On-Track/Postsecondary Readiness, and

We acknowledge that we have room to grow in the area of Student Growth, and have already started working on this.

Congratulations to our students, staff, and community for their hard work, and we look forward to seeing our continued growth in the future!

As a District, we continue to strive for the highest achievement and growth for all students, and we acknowledge that there is still progress to be made. Please let us know of any questions that you have.


Larry Smalley

Shannon Kilton

Mark Scheiber

Haydee Smith

Jeff Fleig


Director of Educational Services

Director of Instruction

Parkway Principal

Glen Hills Principal

For the detailed report cards, click below:

Glendale-River Hills School District

Parkway Elementary School

Glen Hills Middle School

For additional information in understanding the report card, click here.