MADISON — Five school districts and 99 schools in Wisconsin have been slapped with failing grades, according to report cards released by the state Department of Public Instruction. Among them, the Racine Unified School District.
Eighty-two percent of schools and 91 percent of districts scored three or more stars, meaning they met or exceeded expectations. The five districts that failed to meet expectations, which is the lowest score, were Racine, Bayfield, Cambria-Friesland, Cassville and Menominee Indian.
Milwaukee Public Schools rated an overall 55.3 accountability score -- which translates into a "meets few expectations" rating -- up from the "fails to meet expectations" category.
MPS Superintendent Darienne Driver said Thursday, November 17th it's a good start.
"We have some progress. People can feel good about the direction we are moving in, but we still have that call to action the urgency to continue. Once you are able to feel what success is, what it feels like, you want to keep going and continue that momentum," Driver said.
Driver said the goal is 100% efficiency across the board for all MPS students.
The state Department of Public Instruction released the report cards Thursday. There were no report cards last year because the Legislature was still overhauling the system to define what is reported and how.
Schools have to be in the lowest category for two consecutive years before they face any sanctions.