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Milwaukee Public Schools fell from a three-star “meets expectations” rating to a two-star “meets few expectations” rating between 2020-21 and 2021-22. 

This year, the district received an overall score of 56.8, compared to 58.1 the previous year.

The state Department of Public Instruction is required to publish accountability report cards for schools and districts. 

MPS was among 84 school districts that received a lower ranking than the previous year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

The department encouraged caution when interpreting the rankings as the COVID-19 pandemic may continue to impact scores. 

Some of the data used in the report cards go back multiple years, including absenteeism scores.

Republican lawmakers cited low scores in a push to dissolve Milwaukee Public Schools and create smaller districts, a proposal that Democratic Gov. Tony Evers vetoed earlier this year.


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin state report cards give schools lower marks, despite some recovery

Wisconsin Department Of Public Instruction: Resources for 2021-22 Report Cards

State of Wisconsin: School & District Report Cards

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DocumentCloud: Report Card, 2021-22 Public report

DocumentCloud: Milwaukee District Report Card

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Hope Karnopp joined Wisconsin Watch as a reporting intern in May 2022. She is a journalism major and is pursuing certificates in public policy and environmental studies at UW-Madison. Hope previously covered state politics as an intern for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She also works with the Daily Cardinal and hosts a radio segment about campus news for WORT-FM, which has been recognized by the Milwaukee Press Club.