Per federal requirements under Wisconsin’s approved accountability waiver for Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has developed an alternative accountability process for schools that do not have data necessary to calculate standard report card scores. This includes the following:
- Schools with fewer than 20 full academic year (FAY) students
- Schools without tested grades
- Schools exclusively serving at-risk students (must also complete At-Risk Designation Form)
- New schools
- K-2 schools without a direct feeder pattern
2012-13 Alternate Accountability
The process remained the same as what was used for 2011-12 report cards. The school types listed above received a ‘Not Rated’ for their Overall Accountability Rating on their report card.
2013-14 Alternate Accountability
Alternate Accountability schools will begin using a district-supervised self-evaluation process. All of the above schools must complete the Alternate Accountability School Determination Form describing how they are gauging student progress using indicators of their choice. This is similar to the SWNT (schools with no test) forms used under No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
On the form, the school will indicate if its performance is improving, maintaining, or declining based on the measures chosen. This will result in a rating of either Alternate Rating - Satisfactory Progress or Alternate Rating - Needs Improvement (if the school’s progress is declining).
Schools may use the form to aid planning and data collection early in the school year. Completed forms must be submitted to DPI at the end of the school year.
- Alternate Accountability School Determination Form
- At-Risk Designation Form - to be completed only by those schools exclusively serving at-risk students