State Report Cards

November 23, 2021

Background Information
Each year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) generates a District Report Card and School Report Card for every publicly funded district and school in the state of Wisconsin.  The purpose of these report cards is to share with families and the community an accurate picture of student academic performance for each district and school. The primary information point on the report card is an overall accountability score, assigned on a scale from 0 to 100.  Based on its overall score, a district or school also receives one of five ratings, from Fails to Meets Expectations to Significantly Exceeds Expectations, as well as a rating of one to five stars.

There are eight schools that factor into the Franklin Public School District report card scores, including Franklin High School, Forest Park Middle School, our five elementary schools, and the district operated Milwaukee County Correctional Facility School located in Franklin.  All eight of these schools factor heavily in the overall district accountability score.  For example, the inclusion of the Milwaukee County Correctional Facility School, where many incarcerated youth are considered dropouts from Franklin because they do not re-enroll in their resident school district upon release, impacts the district’s overall graduation rate.  This is why the district’s overall graduation rate score is lower than Franklin High School’s graduation rate score.  As part of the district's work, we consider the results of all students as we plan for improvement.  

2021-22 State Report Card Information
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no state or district report cards were issued for the 2019-20 school year. When reviewing the 2020-21 report cards, it is important to take into account a number of significant changes to the report card calculations from previous years, including:

  • The overall rating level score ranges have been adjusted. 
  • The “Closing Gaps” category was removed and replaced with a “Target Group Outcomes” category. This category measures the progress of the district or school’s lowest 25% of student performers.
  • The “On Track & Post-Secondary Readiness” category was replaced with an “On-Track to Graduation” category. 
  • Additional college and career readiness information has been provided on the district report card, but not factored into the score.

As a result of these changes, the 2020-21 state report card should be considered a NEW BASELINE SCORE, and should not be compared to earlier versions of the state report card. 

The 2020-2021 state-issued report card describes performance using up to three years of assessment-based measures. Since assessments were not administered in 2019-20, the 2020-21 report card use results from 2020-21, 2018-19, and 2017-18 school years with more weight given to more recent years. 

The breakdown of the report cards centers on four priority areas on which schools and districts are scored: 

  • Student Achievement: Measures how students performed on state assessments using a points-based proficiency system. This score is a multi-year average of English Language Arts and Mathematics subscores. 
  • School Growth: Measures year-to-year progress on statewide tests using a value-added model that seeks to control circumstances beyond educators' influence. 
  • Target Group Outcomes: This area examines outcomes over three years for students with the lowest test scores.  This helps us to focus on learners who need the most support while also improving outcomes for all students.   
  • On-Track to Graduation: This priority area indicates how successfully students are progressing toward completing their K-12 education. The score combines component scores for measures of student engagement and achievement. 

The following is a table for the Accountability Ratings of the state-level report cards:

District and school data related to test results, graduation, attendance, and other academic indicators can also be found on the Department of Public Instruction website at 

If you do not have home web access, visit the Franklin Public Library or contact your school building for access to a district computer. For more information or assistance, please call the district office at 414-529-8220.