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 whether the school has met their Annual Measurable Objectives. This includes the following:
- Schools with fewer than 20 full academic year (FAY) students tested in grades 3-8, and 10
- 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
2014-15 Alternate Accountability
Alternate Accountability schools must complete a district-supervised self evaluation and report their findings using the Alternate Accountability School Determination Form (add link to form here). This is similar to the SWNT (schools with no test) forms used under No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Schools may use local data and indicators of their choice to gauge student progress. New schools that do not have data from a prior year should select an indicator that can measure student progress from fall 2014 to spring 2015. Schools that have multiple years of data may choose to measure progress from fall to spring, or from the prior school year to the current school year.
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.
Resources for Completing Form
2013-14 Alternate Accountability
Alternate Accountability schools began using a district-supervised self-evaluation process to determine if they met their Annual Measurable Objectives. Alternate Accountability School Determination Forms for the 2013-14 school year were due June 20, 2014. A rating of either Alternate Rating - Satisfactory Progress or Alternate Rating - Needs Improvement was reported for each Alternate Accountability school on their 2013-14 school report card.
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.
- Alternate Accountability School Determination Form
- At-Risk Designation Form - to be completed only by those schools exclusively serving at-risk students