District, five schools exceed expectations in state rankings

District, five schools exceed expectations in state rankings

One of the Pulaski Community School District’s seven schools received a five-star (significantly exceeds expectations) ranking while four others earned four-star (exceeding expectations) rankings in the state Department of Public Instruction’s 2016-17 School and District Report Cards.  The PCSD as a whole was deemed to exceed expectations.


The DPI released the report cards today.


The DPI creates a report card for every publicly funded school and district in the state. They are ranked from five star (significantly exceeds expectations) to one star (fails to meet expectations).  PCSD school results are as follows:


  • Receiving a five-star rating and significantly exceeding expectations was Hillcrest Elementary.
  • Receiving four-star ratings and exceeding expectations were: The Pulaski Community School District and Fairview, Glenbrook, Lannoye and Sunnyside elementary schools.
  • Receiving three-star rankings and meeting expectations were: Pulaski High School and Pulaski Community Middle School.


Report cards are intended to help schools and districts use performance data to target improvement efforts to ensure students are ready for their next educational step, including the next grade level, graduation, college and careers


The report cards measure:

  • student achievement proficiency in reading and math on state assessments,
  • student growth measured by year-to-year improvements in achievement,
  • closing gaps in performance for specific groups (English Language Learners, low-income students, students with disabilities, and members of a racial or an ethnic group); and
  • on-track and post-secondary school readiness (Attendance, test participation, and dropout rates).


Besides the star rankings, schools are assigned a score from 0 to 100 that is not a “percent correct” measurement but a formula that combines the four priority areas.


Those rankings are: Hillcrest Elementary, 85.5; Lannoye Elementary, 81.6; Fairview Elementary, 76.2; Glenbrook Elementary, 75.9; Sunnyside Elementary, 75.8; PHS, 71.9 and PCMS, 69.1.


PCSD had an overall score of 74.4  (Exceeds Expectations), which ranked third highest in the Fox River Classic Conference. 


I am proud of the achievement of our students and the efforts and dedication of our staff which is reflected in the report cards as a one of many indicators of student and system success,” said Bec Kurzynske, PCSD superintendent. “The PCSD will continue to focus using assessment for learning, of learning and as learning to enhance our professional practice and student learning.”


The 2016-17 report cards use data from a variety of sources, including information reported through WISEdash and two years of Forward and one year of Badger testing as well as three years ACT Plus Writing and Dynamic Learning Maps testing for growth calculations.


Report cards can be found on the Department of Public Instruction’s Office of Accountability School and District Report Card webpage, http://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards.