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School Report Cards Due Out Today


SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (WHBL) - Wisconsin parents will find out today how their schools measure up to the state’s new-and-tougher educational standards. The Department of Public Instruction will issue report cards for each school – and parents with questions should be able to get answers. The schools have had a few weeks to analyze the new data, and discuss internally how to do what’s expected of them. By starting its own evaluations, Wisconsin escaped many of the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The new system has more comprehensive methods of evaluating both students and teachers, as opposed to the federal law which set scores on standardized tests that schools had to meet for all students by 2014. Among other things, the new test results will not look as rosy. Officials tried to get parents ready for that predicament a few weeks ago, by releasing what the scores from last year’s standardized tests would have looked like under the new system. They showed large decreases in both math-and-reading. The new scores are closer in line with a well-established national exam. Many school officials welcome the new system. The Sheboygan Area School District report card will be presented to the School Board at tomorrow night's meeting.