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The Madison Metropolitan School District “exceeded expectations” in 2020-21, according to state report cards released Tuesday.

The annual report cards, which are the first in two years after none were given following the 2019-20 school year interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, measure schools and districts on four priority areas: achievement, growth, target group outcomes and on-track to graduation.

MMSD is one of 399 districts to meet, exceed or significantly exceed expectations on the year, according to a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction news release. The state has 421 school districts in total.

Officials urged caution in interpreting the results given the continuing pandemic. Effects included a sharp increase in the number of students who opted out of state testing, including 50.3% of eligible students on the math and English language arts (ELA) tests in MMSD.

Because no state tests were given in 2019-20, the report cards use 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2020-21.

Growth and on-track to graduation were the two best priority areas for MMSD, with scores of 75.5 and 78.1 out of 100, respectively. On target group outcomes, which focuses on groups of students with the lowest test scores, MMSD received a 61.1 rating, while achievement was a 59.1.

Among MMSD’s 52 schools, six significantly exceeded expectations, 15 exceeded expectations and 11 met expectations. Another 10 schools met few expectations and two failed to meet expectations. Eight schools are assessed under an alternate accountability system, with three showing satisfactory progress and five needing improvement, according to the report cards.

All four of Madison’s comprehensive high schools exceeded or significantly exceeded expectations. Among middle schools, Badger Rock, Cherokee Heights, Hamilton and Wright all exceeded expectations, while Black Hawk and Toki met expectations and Jefferson, O’Keeffe, Sennett, Sherman, Spring Harbor and Whitehorse met few expectations.

Four Madison elementary schools significantly exceeded expectations: Henderson, Randall, Shorewood Hills and Van Hise. Crestwood, Gompers, Huegel, Lincoln, Lowell, Marquette, Olson, Schenk and Stephens all exceeded expectations.

Another nine elementary schools here met expectations, with Chavez, Elvehjem, Emerson, Falk, Hawthorne, Kennedy, Leopold, Muir and Thoreau falling in that category. Lake View, Lindbergh, Mendota and Orchard Ridge all met few expectations and Allis failed to meet expectations.

Capital High School also failed to meet expectations on the report card.

Among the eight schools under alternative accountability measures, which is based on test participation or grade levels at the school, Innovative and Alternative High Schools, Metro School and Shabazz High School all were “satisfactory.” All of the elementary schools under this accountability model — Franklin, Lapham, Midvale, Nuestro Mundo and Sandburg — received a “needs improvement” score.

Across the state, 1,781 of the 2,101 public schools and 376 choice (voucher) schools met, exceeded or significantly exceeded expectations, according to the DPI release.

Other Dane County districts fare well

All but three other districts around Dane County exceeded or significantly exceeded expectations.

All of Belleville, Cambridge, Deerfield, McFarland, Middleton-Cross Plains, Monona Grove, Mount Horeb, Oregon, Stoughton, Wisconsin Heights and Verona were in the exceeds expectations category along with Madison.

Waunakee was the lone county school district to significantly exceed expectations.

Sun Prairie and DeForest both met expectations, while Marshall was the lone Dane County school district to meet few expectations.

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