Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Poverty and the Wisconsin School Report Cards


Wisconsin Data
     Wealthiest Counties and % Poverty                                         

Waukesha
4.4
Ozaukee
4.5
Washington
5.4

 


·      There are a total of 33 public school districts in the wealthiest counties. 
·      The three county average School District Score was a 77.4 
·      The School Report Card scores for those districts range from Herman @ 64.6 to Swallow @ 88. 

o Eight of the school districts were in the Meet Expectations Category (53-72.9), Nineteen districts were in the Exceeds Expectations Category (73-82.9), and Six were in the Significantly Exceeds Expectations Category (83+).
o   The eight districts scoring @ Meets Expectations had a combined average poverty rate of 32%. 
o   The six districts scoring @ Significantly Exceeds Expectations had a combined average poverty rate of 7.8%
 
This is key: Even within the wealthiest counties the disparity can be significant.  Waukesha, Hartford Jt.1, and Herman each had poverty rates above 35%, while North Lake, Swallow, and Cedarburg had poverty rates between 0-8%.
 
        Poorest Counties and % Poverty

Menominee
31
Sawyer
20
Forest
18.9
Ashland
18.6

 

  

·      There are a total of 12 public school districts in the poorest counties. 
·      The four county average School District Score was a 66.1
·      The School Report Card scores for those districts range from Bowler @ 58.4 to Chequamegon @ 72.3. 

o   All of the districts in the poorest counties were in the Meets Expectations Category.
o   The three districts with the lowest scores had a combined average poverty rate of 66.6%. 
o   The three districts with the highest scores had a combined average poverty rate of 54%.
 
I celebrate the great work that is being done in these high poverty schools to still score in a range that meets the high expectations that Wisconsin has for public schools.  I congratulate the great work that is being done in the low poverty schools to exceed those high expectations
There are many people who argue that poverty is not a factor in determining school performance.  Opinions are fine, but opinions based on actual evidence are golden.  I think poverty is a huge factor in determining school performance and I’ve provided data that supports my belief.  High poverty schools can do great work, but the School District Report Card System is rigged against them. 
Want to offer a different view?  OK, show me your data.

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