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RACINE COUNTY — Public schools west of Interstate 94 all meet student expectations, according to new school report cards released by the state for the first time Monday.

The report cards show western Racine County schools do well, scoring at least 68.8 on a 100-point scale. But officials from several of the schools still said they want to improve.

“Wherever (schools) are at, every one is hopefully going to move higher,” said Peter Smet, superintendent of the Burlington Area School District. The district has Winkler Elementary School, which scored 84.4 and is the second-highest ranked school in the county, state data show.

The highest ranked school of districts serving the county is the Muskego-Norway School District’s Country Meadows Elementary School, which scored 87.1, according to the state.

The report cards use a weighted calculation to give schools a score from 0 to 100 based on students’ reading and math proficiency, achievement growth, achievement gaps, attendance, graduation rates and test participation. A school’s score places it into one of five categories ranging from “significantly exceeds expectations” to “fails to meet expectations.”

Country Meadows, located in Muskego in Waukesha County, and Winkler, located in the Bohners Lake neighborhood of the Town of Burlington, were the only two facilities of districts serving Racine County to rank in the significantly exceeds expectations category, according to the state.

Winkler achieved that rank not because staff there has vastly different methods but because the school is small — with only 190 students and a population that includes few low-income, special education, English language learner or racially different students, which limits the possibility of having achievement gaps, said Connie Zinnen, Burlington’s assistant superintendent.

East of I-94, Racine Unified schools range from failing to meet expectations to exceeding expectations. Racine’s 21st Century Preparatory School, an independent charter, ranked as meeting few expectations, DPI data show.


New school report cards released Monday by the state award public schools up to 100 points based on student achievement, attendance, graduation rates and test participation. Schools’ scores place them in one of five categories. Here’s where schools from districts serving Racine County stand, excluding Racine Unified.

Significantly exceeds expectations

Country Meadows Elementary (Muskego-Norway)

Winkler Elementary (Burlington)

Exceeds expectations

Trailside Elementary (Waterford Graded)

Muskego High (Muskego-Norway)

Mill Valley Elementary (Muskego-Norway)

Woodfield Elementary (Waterford Graded)

North Cape Elementary (North Cape)

Muskego Elementary (Muskego-Norway)

Evergreen Elementary (Waterford Graded)

Dyer Intermediate (Burlington)

Fox River Middle (Waterford Graded)

Tess Corners Elementary (Muskego-Norway)

Waterford High

Cooper Elementary (Burlington)

Bay Lane Middle (Muskego-Norway)

Lake Denoon Middle (Muskego-Norway)

Washington Elementary (Washington-Caldwell)

Yorkville Elementary (Yorkville)

Meets expectations

Lakeview Elementary (Muskego-Norway)

Union Grove Elementary

Burlington High

Waller Elementary (Burlington)

Lyons Elementary (Burlington)

Kansasville Elementary (Dover)

Karcher Middle (Burlington)

Drought Elementary (Norway J7)

Raymond Elementary

Union Grove High

Meets few expectations

21st Century Preparatory School (Racine charter)

Fails to meet expectations

No schools.

SOURCE: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

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