Data Analysis and Reporting

How will all stakeholders know if students are making adequate progress toward graduation, prepared for college and careers?

Graduation and related data are available by school and by student group within each school in graph, table, and raw data formats. Tools, such as WINSS, allow you to study trends over time, find out what is typical districtwide or statewide, and see how other schools like or near your school are doing. Data are also available from other sources. Links to a variety of resources and information about the data are provided below.


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Graduation Rates

This section can help look at questions like:

  • Are students graduating within the 4-year or extended-year timeframe?
  • How does the answer to this question vary by school, student group, and over time?
  • What do these data tell us about areas of strength or need?

Graduation Rates
View graphs and tables displaying extended-year graduation rates (based on a formula used since 2003-04). These rates will continue to be available through publication of 2010-11 graduation rates. Completion rates (counts HSEDs and student who receive completion certificates) are also provided. Four-year adjusted cohort rates will first be available with publication of 2009-10 rates in the spring of 2011. Six-year adjusted cohort rates will first be available with publication of 2011-12 rates in spring of 2012. See sample adjusted cohort graduation/completion rate report. A link to reports containing actual adjusted cohort rates will be added here when these reports are available.

Download Files
Download a single graduation data file for all districts and schools in the state. Raw data files are also available on the Download Options page of WINSS.

Understanding High School Completion Data
Read about how high school completion and graduation are defined, how rates are calculated, and more.

Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rates
Read about Title I requirements and Wisconsin plans for implementation of the 4-Year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate formula. The 4-Year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate formula must be used by all states beginning with publication of 2009-10 rates.

Data Sources
All data used in the reporting of graduation rates come from Individual Student Enrollment System (ISES) Year End records. These records are submitted annually by schools and districts and contain data about students enrolled during the previous school year. Key data elements used in the calculation of graduation rates are listed on the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rates web page under "data sources". A tip sheet and check list is available to assist ISES administrators in verifying that data used to calculate the graduation rate are correct.

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Progress Towards Graduation

This section can help look at questions like:

  • Are students on-track to timely graduation?
  • Are students in need of more intensive/different interventions or extra help to stay or get back on track?
  • Are some high schools more successful than others in keeping students with similar backgrounds and academic histories in school and on track? Do they have ideas to try?
  • Do students who enter certain high schools exhibit unusually positive or negative changes in test scores, retention rates, coursework success, attendance, etc?

Statewide Test Results
Performance on statewide tests provides some information about student progress towards meeting Wisconsin academic standards in assessed subject areas. Graduation requirements are aligned with the same standards. See also the WSAS (WKCE & WAA-SwD) Data and Results.

Retention rates provide information about the accumulation of credits towards graduation. Retention is primarily based on changes in Grade Level Placement submitted by districts.

Coursework Completion
The coursework completion system will provide information about successful completion of college and career ready coursework and a lot more.

Attendance and Truancy
Missing too many days of school and having trouble catching up are often reported by students as reasons for dropping out. Students who attend school regularly are more likely to succeed in high school coursework, college, and careers.

Disciplinary problems suggest that students are not engaged in their educational progress or don't see graduation as important. Disruptive or violent behavior of students impacts the progress of other students.

Dropout Events
Dropout events indicate that students have discontinued schooling for all or part of a school year. Such events delay or stop progress, whether or not dropouts return to high school. The graduation timeframe is not adjusted by these events.

Download Files
Download a single dropout or attendance data file for all districts and schools in the state. Raw data files are also available on dropouts, attendance, and discipline by going to the Download Options page of WINSS. Statewide test results can be downloaded from the WKCE / WAA-SwD Proficiency Data web page.

Data Sources
Statewide test results are provided by the Wisconsin Student Assessment System. The Individual Student Enrollment System (ISES) 3rd Friday September, Year End, Discipline, and Coursework Completion collections provide information about retention, coursework, attendance, discipline, dropout events, mobility, and demographics. Truancy is collected as part of the School Performance Report aggregate collection.

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College or Work-Readiness and Postgraduation Success

This section can help look at questions like:

  • What do participation rates and scores on college entrance and placement exams tell us about the college-readiness of our students in each of the tested subject areas?
  • How does the answer to this question vary by school, student group, and over time?
  • What do we know about the college outcomes of students after they leave the PK-12 educational system? What are their plans? Do they enroll? Do they need remediation? Do they earn a degree?
  • How do measures of progress towards graduation line up with measures of college or work-readiness and postgraduation success? Do students with high statewide test scores or who get high grades in relevant coursework perform well on college entrance and placement exams? Do they successfully complete college?

ACT assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.

Advanced Placement Program ® (AP) Exams
Through AP exams, high school students earn college credit and advanced placement.

Postgraduation Plans
Wisconsin 12th graders provide data about postgraduation plans. Options include 4-year college, vocational/technical college, military, employment, job training, and more.

National Student Clearinghouse
Postsecondary enrollment and degree verification data for Wisconsin high school graduates are provided by postsecondary institutions around the country.

Advanced Postsecondary Infrastructure Project
A goal of this project is to provide data about the extent to which high school students transition successfully to postsecondary education, including whether students enroll in remedial coursework. In addition, other information determined necessary to address alignment and adequate preparation for success in postsecondary education will become available.

Download Files
Download a single ACT data file for all districts and schools in the state. Raw data files are also available containing on postgraduation plans and AP Program Exam results by going to the Download Options page of WINSS.

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District and School Performance Reports and Profiles

This section provides links to district and school reports that include graduation and other data.

WINSS - Wisconsin's Information Network for Successful Schools
The WINSS Reports serve as an information resource to assist school communities in educating the hearts and minds of all children. Users may analyze publicly available data and produce customized reports to inform discussions among stakeholders about school system improvement.

Special Education District Profiles
DPI reports annually to the public on the performance of each district on indicators in the State Performance Plan.

School District Performance Reports
The School District Performance Reports encompass a wealth of information on school and district performance and student achievement data for the State of Wisconsin. It serves as a district’s annual public school report card and allows for comparisons to other districts in the same athletic conference as well as to the ten largest districts in the state.