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Public Schooling in Southeast Wisconsin 2013-14

Over nearly three decades, the Public Policy Forum has collected and analyzed education data to report on the demographics, academic performance, and finances of public schools and districts in southeast Wisconsin. This 29th annual public schools report continues that tradition with updated analyses of new data and trends to shed light on the academic successes and challenges in the region.

This report comes at a time of significant change and transition for public schools in the state. Recent years have seen the alignment of curricula to the Common Core State Standards adopted by Wisconsin in 2010. Additionally, state assessments have been aligned to National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) achievement levels. Continuing these efforts, the Smarter Balanced Assessment test in mathematics and reading will be administered to students in the 2014-15 school year. Taken together, these initiatives offer the possibility of a more thorough understanding of how effectively Wisconsin public school students are being educated and how their academic achievement could be improved.

Related material: 2013-14 Southeast Wisconsin School District Performance (poster)