Most Wisconsin Schools Get Good Marks Under New Report Card System

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Many call Carmen High School of Science and Technology a model for serving low-income students in Milwaukee.

The south-side school is 98% Hispanic and 90% low-income, yet 92% of last year's graduating class went to college - half on academic scholarships.

But the state's new school accountability system launched Monday calls Carmen something else: failing.

Earning a total of 46 points out of a possible 100 in a new accountability score, Carmen fell into the lowest of five new rating bands, "fails to meet expectations," a distinction that irked its supporters and illuminated how the new system for judging schools in Wisconsin may have some kinks to work out.

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