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Eau Claire superintendent weighs in on first district report card

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - The new school year is just a few weeks in and for students and the first report card still feels a ways off. Today the State Department of Public Instruction handed report cards to every school in the state.  

Eau Claire Area School District Superintendent, Dr. Mary Ann Hardebeck, says, "It's always a big day when the report cards come out, it's kind of like getting your report card!"

This is the second year the DPI released report cards for individual schools in the state.

"Under No Child Left Behind a student was succeeding or was failing. Under the new report card system you get an overall picture," says Dr. Hardebeck.  

Schools are graded on a scale of 1 to 100....and fall under one of five categories, from fails to meet expectations to significantly exceeds expectations.

Hardebeck says, "The report card takes into consideration a number of factors. What's the student achievement overall for the school? How much are students growing in their learning? Are we closing the achievement gaps? Are students coming to school everyday? Is the attendance good?"

Reading and math also factor into the report card equation.  This year all schools in Eau Claire were meeting expectations or above.

"So we look at those key indicators and it's a good thing to know how we're progressing toward those markers for post secondary success," explains Hardebeck.  

New this year is a district-wide report card. All schools that make up the district are graded as one individual school. The Eau Claire Area School District received a score of 70, which means it meets expectations. Hardebeck says, "It's just more of a validation that we're going in the right direction."

But there's always room for improvement. She says, "Well we're always looking to help students grow so we want to see those growth numbers increase every  year and make sure students are learning just as much as they can and meet their potential. And the other place that we look very closely is closing the gap and that's where we're beginning to see some real progress in the district."

The report cards show that all but 11 districts in Wisconsin met or were above expectations during the 20-12 school year. Milwaukee Public Schools was the only district that failed to meet expectations.

To find out how individual schools did click here.

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