Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation, Inc.
Press Release

MPS shows modest improvement on state report card

MPS schools improve category ratings, have higher scores than last year

By - Nov 13th, 2018 12:08 am
Rufus King International High School. Photo from MPS.

Rufus King International High School. Photo from MPS.

MILWAUKEE (November 13, 2018) – Dozens of Milwaukee Public Schools showed signs of improvement on the 2017-18 state report cards released today by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Thirty-four MPS schools improved their category rating compared to the 2016-17 report cards. Nine additional schools were ranked in the significantly exceeds expectations, exceeds expectations, or meets expectations categories. Nearly half of all MPS schools – 79- have higher scores than last year but did not necessarily improve by a category. The district’s overall score climbed slightly from 56 to 57.0.

“We are proud of the hard work of our students, staff and families as we strive to improve outcomes for all our students and all our schools,” stated Dr. Keith Posley, superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools. “We are dedicated to making sure every child in Milwaukee Public Schools has the opportunity for success.”

The district is implementing Five Priorities for Success, which will continue to help MPS improve student outcomes. The Five Priorities are:

  • Increasing academic achievement and accountability
  • Improving district and school culture
  • Developing district staff
  • Ensuring fiscal responsibility and transparency
  • Strengthen communication and collaboration

MPS, like a growing number of school districts across the state, received a five-point deduction for failing to keep absenteeism below 13 percent. More Wisconsin districts and schools have absenteeism deductions for 2017-18 than in previous report cards.

About Milwaukee Public Schools

Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, building positive relationships between youth and adults and cultivating leadership at all levels. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results:

  • More MPS students are taking college-level Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses;
  • The MPS Class of 2018 earned $86.2 million in scholarships; and
  • MPS is home to seven of the state and nation’s top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post.

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