Racine addresses annual school report cards

The Wisconsin Department of Instruction released their school “report cards” for all 2,447 and 422 districts across the state.

The report cards judge achievement, student growth, closing gaps and measuring graduation and college success. 

Racine Unified School District made a jump in the overall district numbers this year. From a 48.1 “fails to meet expectations” score to a 59.3 which is on the cusp of average for the state.

District Superintendent Dr. Lolli Haws said the numbers reflect the work her district has been putting in since receiving last year’s report card.

“It was really important for us to do well this year. And we are thrilled to show the kind of growth that we have,” Haws said.

The district put a team and $1 million into improving their scores. On the five schools that received failing grades this year Haws said, “they all have a definite and concrete plan already in place because we’ve had a chance to preview this data.”

If you want to look at schools in your area, the complete report can be found here.

State Senator Van Wanggaard, who serves Racine and Kenosha Counties, released the following statement about the report cards:

“I am encouraged that Racine Unified’s reforms appear to be pointing the school district in the
right direction. While the immediate threat of a district breakup and OSPP may have been lifted,
a one-year improvement in test scores does not make a successful school district."

Just as I wouldn’t accept a less than 60% score from my children when they were in school,
parents and taxpayers shouldn’t accept a 60% score from their school district. All children
deserve a great education regardless of geography. I hope the Racine Unified will continue their
upward trajectory until they are once again one of the best districts in the state and country.”

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