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School & District State Report

School & District State Report
Posted on 11/14/2019


November 14, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have had a wonderful Fall in the Glendale-River Hills School District! We are excited about our many new initiatives over the last few years including Readers and Writers Workshop, CIM (Comprehensive Intervention Model) for ELA interventions, AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) for grades 4th-8th, National Geographic Science, Illustrative Math (grades 6th-8th), piloting Bridges Math (grades Kindergarten-5th), staff development in equity in education, AVMR (Add+Vantage Math Recovery) Math Interventions (grades K-5) and many more. As a learning community, we are continually looking to improve teaching and learning in our district. One source we use to reflect on our strengths and areas for improvement is the State Report Card. 

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) generates a School Report Card and District Report Card for every publicly funded school and district in the state. These public report cards can be found online at: http://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards. The Report Cards are intended to help schools and districts utilize performance data to target their improvement efforts so that students are ready for their next educational step – including the next grade level, graduation, college, and careers. 

The current School Report Card is based on 3-5 years of performance (depending upon the priority area), including the 2018-19 school year.  At the foundation of the report cards are four priority areas: Student Achievement, School Growth, Closing Gaps, and On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness. Schools and districts receive a score for each priority area: 

  • Student Achievement proficiency in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics on the annual state assessments
  • School Growth measured by year-to-year progress in ELA and math achievement 
  • Closing Gaps in performance between specific student groups (comparing English learners, low-income students, students with disabilities, and members of a racial or an ethnic group with their peers)
  • On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness showing reliable predictors of how many students are on-track to graduate from high school and student readiness for post-high school success 

The priority area scores are aggregated into an overall accountability score, from 0 to 100. This score is displayed in the top left corner of the School or District Report Cards. It is important to note that the 0 to 100 accountability score is not a “percent correct” measurement. Based on its score, a school or district receives one of five rating categories, from Significantly Exceeds Expectations to Fails to Meet Expectations

Here’s some information we’d like to share from our district report card:

District and School State Report Card Scores for 2018-19


State Comparison Group

Student Achievement

  • ELA
  • Math







District Growth

  • ELA
  • Math







Closing Gaps

  • ELA
  • Math







On Track and Post-Secondary Readiness



Overall Score


Overall Accountability Rating

Meets Expectations

I want to share these results with you because they help illuminate some of our successes and help to pinpoint areas of focus in our school/district. But as DPI stresses, these report cards are just one source of information about our district and schools. 

All in all, these scores show that we are outperforming the state in most priority areas. And we are continuing to improve.  We are addressing achievement in the area of mathematics via the implementation of our new math program in 6th-8th grade, Illustrative Mathematics (started fall of 2018) and piloting the Bridges math program in Kindergarten-5th grade. Overall our district made significant growth in the priority area of growth. Our student sub groups are an area where we need to focus on growth so we will continue our work until the gaps are closed.  As such we will continue striving for equity in education via continuing staff development and the continued refinement of the implementation of the AVID program.

DPI has produced two versions of each Report Card:  a quick one-pager labeled “School Report Card” and lengthier, detailed version labeled, “School Report Card Detail.” Both versions can be accessed online at http://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards along with resources that explain the report cards. I have included the one page version of our District and School Report Cards below.

Under the 2015-17 Wisconsin State Budget (Act 55), public schools are required to annually communicate to parents and guardians the academic standards adopted by the school board for the school year, the school’s accountability report (report card), and a list of additional educational opportunities available.

Academic Standards:

As part of Act 55, each school district must annually adopt standards in the areas of mathematics, science, reading and writing, geography, and history.  For the 2018-2019 school year, the following standards have been adopted by the Board of Education:

To view the full list of Glendale-River Hills School District Standards, click HERE

(add link to HERE) http://www.glendale.k12.wi.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=122197&pageId=349366


Educational Options:

Under section 118.57(1), school districts are required to provide a full list of the educational options available to children who reside in the pupil’s resident school district, including public schools, private schools participating in a parental choice program, charter schools, virtual schools, full-time or part-time open enrollment in a nonresident school district, and the early college credit program (ECCP).

Educational options for children who reside in the district but would prefer full-time enrollment at another school include the following:

  • Open Enrollment - Provides opportunities for students to attend another public school outside of the resident school district, including virtual charter schools
  • Special Needs Scholarship Program - Under section, 115.7915, this program provides opportunities for a child with a disability who meets the program’s specific eligibility requirements to apply to attend an eligible, participating private school under a scholarship awarded through the state.
  • Wisconsin Private School Choice Program - Provides an avenue for enrollment in a private school participating in the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program
  • Home-based Private Educational Program (Homeschooling) - provides direction for enrollment in a homeschooling program as provided under state law
  • Enrollment in a private school of the family’s choosing (at the family’s own cost, as applicable)

Educational options for children who reside in the Glendale-River Hills School District but who are enrolled in and attending a private school or home-based private educational program include the following:

  • Such students have the opportunity to attend summer school classes/programs offered in the district
  • Students who are enrolled in a home-based private educational program have the opportunity to apply for approval and may take up to two courses per semester in public schools as provided under section 118.53. Students are able to participate in district interscholastic athletics and other district extracurricular activities as provided under section 118.133.

The 2017 Wisconsin Act 59 eliminated the Course Options and Youth Options programs and replaced it with Part-Time Open Enrollment and the Early College Credit Program.  Both are pertinent to students in high school grades only, and therefore, not applicable to students at the Glendale River Hills School District.

Private Schools located in Glendale




St. Francis Children’s Center

6700 N. Port Washington Rd.

Early childhood – 5-year old kindergarten

North Shore Montessori School

4650 N. Port Washington Rd.

Early childhood – grade 6

Education of Homeless Children and Youth

Children of homeless individuals and unaccompanied homeless youth (youth not in physical custody of parent/guardian) residing in the Glendale-River Hills School District shall have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children and youths that reside in the Glendale-River Hills School District.  They shall be provided services comparable to services offered other children attending the Glendale-River Hills School District, including transportation services, educational services for which the children/youths meet eligibility criteria (e.g. special education, Title I programming, gifted and talented programming), vocational and technical education programs, and school nutrition programs.  No homeless child or youth shall be required to attend a separate school or program for homeless children and shall not be stigmatized by school personnel. Please contact Glendale-River Hills School District’s Homeless Liaison at if you have any questions or are in need of services.

For more information about any of the educational options listed in this notice, please contact the District Office at 414-351-7170 or the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. 

Please let me know your thoughts and questions as they arise. I look forward to working with you to make 2019-20 a successful school year for your child!


Larry Smalley