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Public Policy Forum, 2008
In a direct reversal from last year, the 2007-08 achievement gap between schools in southeast Wisconsin and those in the rest of the state, as measured by Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam (WKCE) standardized test scores, narrowed in all subjects at all grade levels. While the region lags the state in WKCE test scores and schools making…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Regional Characteristics, Standardized Tests, Scores
Browne, Jeffrey C.; Schmidt, Jeffrey K.; Lemke, Melissa – Public Policy Forum, 2007
This is the 9th annual report on conditions affecting the Racine Unified School District RUSD). Over the past decade, the conditions affecting the district as well as the school outcomes have changed in some ways and remained stable in others. This analysis compares RUSD to nine peer school districts and the state of Wisconsin. RUSD peer…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Districts, Public Schools, Comparative Analysis
Browne, Jeffrey C.; Dickman, Anneliese M.; Schmidt, Jeffrey K.; Bartholin, Philippe – Public Policy Forum, 2006
This is the 8th annual report on conditions affecting the Racine Unified School District RUSD). Each study has confirmed that the Racine Unified School District (RUSD) faces greater challenges than its peers. Although these challenges have led Racine to spend slightly above the average amount per pupil, district performance tends to be below…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Districts, Public Schools, Comparative Analysis
Schmidt, Jeffrey K.; Lemke, Melissa – Public Policy Forum, 2006
Public schools can be considered a form of workforce development, and thus it is important to measure the "work product" of the schools. The Public Policy Forum's annual analysis of public schools in the 50 districts serving southeastern Wisconsin measured absenteeism as educational opportunities lost because children were not in class.…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Taxes, State Aid, Expenditure per Student