Updated: Mequon-Thiensville scores second highest in state on DPI report card

All but one North Shore district exceed expectations

Sept. 18, 2013

The Mequon-Thiensville School District recorded the second highest accountability score of all Wisconsin public school districts in the 2012-13 school year, according to an updated list of district report cards released Wednesday by the state Department of Public Instruction.

Overall, Mequon-Thiensville averaged an 86.4, falling into the "significantly exceeds expectations" category of DPI scoring. Only the single-school Norway J7 School District scored higher, at 86.6, making Mequon-Thiensville the highest-scoring K-12 district in the state.

Among other North Shore districts, Fox Point-Bayside scored fifth in the state with an 85, Whitefish Bay placed 11th with an 82, Maple Dale-Indian Hill was 26th with a 79.9, Shorewood took 33rd with a 79.2, Nicolet placed 78th with a 75.6, Glendale-River-Hills was 121st with a 73.9, and Brown Deer ranked 347th with a 67.3.

Fox Point-Bayside also fell into the "significantly exceeds expectations" category, while all other districts except Brown Deer — which scored a "meets expectations" — were categorized as "exceeds expectations."

This marks the second school year that the DPI has evaluated and issued report cards to Wisconsin public school districts. The scores are based on student performance on standardized tests, student growth over time on reading and math test scores, the ability of districts to close achievement gaps between lower and higher performing student groups, and student readiness for graduation and college. School and district report cards also factor in test participation rate, absenteeism rate and dropout rate.

"The report cards, issued today by the state, reinforce the outstanding work that is being done district-wide," Mequon-Thiensville Superintendent Demond Means said in a district news release. "While we have much to celebrate, we are also reminded that we need to continue in our professional development efforts."

According to the Mequon-Thiensville news release, the district's focus going forward will be on closing the achievement gap.

In a news release, Shorewood Superintendent Martin Lexmond congratulated his district for improving scores at three of four district schools.

"We are extremely proud of the hard work our students, teachers and staff members do every day," Lexmond said in the release. "These report cards give us a baseline that we can build upon as we move forward throughout the school year. Our staff and teachers will review our scores in detail during the coming weeks, and will use them as we plan for success in the future."


2011-12 High School Ranking


2012-13 High School Ranking


Homestead 83.7 (Significantly exceeds expectations)

Homestead 88.5 (Significantly exceeds expectations)

Whitefish Bay 82.8 (Exceeds expectations)

Whitefish Bay 87.5 (Significantly exceeds expectations)

Nicolet 81.3 (Exceeds expectations)

Shorewood 82.3 (Exceeds expectations)

Shorewood 77.9 (Exceeds expectations)

Nicolet 75.6 (Exceeds expectations)

Brown Deer 73.3 (Exceeds expectations)

Brown Deer 70.8 (Meets expectations)

2011-12 Highest District Score


2012-13 Highest District Score


Mequon-Thiensville, Donges Bay Elem. 87.3 (SEE)

Fox Point Bayside, Stormonth Elem. 89.3 (SEE)

Whitefish Bay, Cumberland Elem. 84.5 (SEE)

Mequon-Thiensville, Homestead HS 88.5 (SEE)

Maple Dale-Indian Hill, Indian Hill Elem. 81.4 (EE)

Whitefish Bay High School 87.5 (SEE)

Nicolet, 81.3 (EE)

Shorewood, Lake Bluff Elem. 83.6 (SEE)

Fox Point-Bayside, Bayside MS 80.5 (EE)

Maple Dale-Indian Hill, Maple Dale Elem. 81.4 (EE)

Shorewood, Lake Bluff Elem. 80.2 (EE)

Nicolet 75.6 (EE)

Brown Deer High School 73.3 (EE)

Glendale-River Hills, Parkway Elem. 75.2 (EE)

Glendale-River Hills, Glen Hills MS 72.6 (ME)

Brown Deer MS/HS 70.8 (ME)


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