Half of Wisconsin virtual charter schools judged in new report cards miss mark

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

According to 2012-'13 report cards for schools released this fall by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 50% of the children in virtual schools were attending one that was not meeting performance expectations, largely because of low graduation and test participation rates and high dropout rates.

The data does not represent a comprehensive sample — the state had 28 virtual charter schools last year that enrolled 6,663 students, but only eight serving a total of 4,705 students received state report cards through Wisconsin's new accountability system.

Of those eight, four met or exceeded expectations. The other 20 did not receive ratings because they were either less than three years old, had fewer than 20 students or did not educate students tested by the state exam, DPI spokesman Patrick Gasper said.

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