As the mission of the Office of Charter Schools is to improve the quality of education or children in the City of Milwaukee, the academic and behavioral growth and achievement of the students in the schools that we authorize is extremely important. To this end, the Office requires all schools to participate in three assessments. These assessments are:
Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE): a state mandated test that measures the achievement level of students in November of each year in reading, mathematics, language, social studies and science. In the 2014-15 school year, the reading and mathematics portions of this test will be replaced by the Smarter Balanced Assessment and the new high school assessment will be the ACT Aspire.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP): an assessment developed by the Northwest Evaluation Association of Portland, Oregon that measures academic growth in reading, mathematics, language, and science three times a year (September - January - May).
Student, Parent, and Staff Satisfaction Surveys: surveys developed by the Office of Charter Schools. The student survey asks students to rate the school on safety and discipline, learning opportunities, friendship and respect, care provided by the staff, and expectations and success. The parent survey asks parents to rate the school on expectations, communications, and results. The staff survey asks staff to rate the school on leadership, strategic planning, student, stakeholder, and market focus, measurement, analysis, and knowledge management, faculty and staff focus, and process management.
The Office also collects data on other aspects of the school including attendance rates, student mobility, discipline, and other measures that impact student success. Additional data collected at the high school level includes graduation rates and ACT performance and participation. This information can be found in each school's Annual Accountability Report.
Results for each school for these assessments can be accessed below.