PCSD, five schools exceed expectations in state rankings

PCSD, 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 2017-18 School and District Report Cards.  The PCSD as a whole was deemed to exceed expectations.


The DPI creates a report card for every publicly funded school and district in the state, which were released today. 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 Pulaski High School, Pulaski Community Middle School,  Lannoye and Sunnyside elementary schools.
  • Receiving three-star rankings and meeting expectations were: Fairview and Glenbrook elementary schools.


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, and college or 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)
  • 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, 83.9; Lannoye Elementary, 79.2; PHS, 75.6; PCMS, 73.6; Sunnyside Elementary, 73.6; Glenbrook Elementary, 72.7; and Fairview Elementary, 71.0.

PCSD had an overall score of 77.9  (Exceeds Expectations), which ranked second highest in the Fox River Classic Conference. 


“The PCSD staff and school community continue the great work of learning and teaching to best meet the needs of our students,” said Bec Kurzynske, PCSD superintendent.  “While the school report cards cannot be used to compare one year to the next, we are pleased with the progress we are making throughout the district as indicated not only by this mandated reporting tool but more importantly by local assessments used to inform and enhance learning and teaching.”


The 2017-18 report cards use data from a variety of sources, including information reported through WISEdash and three years of Forward 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.