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Strategy & Accountability

First page of the PDF file: StrategyDocument2019-20

Our 1,200 employees seek to achieve our Mission and Vision by living out our Core Values and executing on a dynamic strategy. 

Objectives and Goals are developed annually and, along with Key Performance Indicators and three-year targets, are grouped into three pillars that focus our work as we strive to become:

  • A Great Place to Learn
  • A Great Place to Work
  • A Great School District

To view complete strategy document, click the image to the left.

District Strategy

Circle of Students

Our Mission

The mission of the School District of Elmbrook is to educate and inspire every student, to think, to learn and to succeed.

Our Vision

Every student ready for Life, College, and Career

Our Core Values

Together, in service to our students, families and community, we live our values by:

  • Nurturing happy and healthy employees.
  • Preparing our employees for lifetime success and leadership.
  • Celebrating each person’s engagement and contributions to our community.
  • Caring for the financial, physical and human resources entrusted to us.
  • Building relationships and trust by communicating with transparency, honesty and respect.
  • Fostering teamwork and inclusive environments that embrace ideas and people.

Objectives & Goals

A Great Place to Learn

Engage students in high quality learning that prepares them for life, college and career.

2020 GOALS

  • Improve our Grades 2 & 3 Reading MAP composite score from the top 9% to the top 6% nationally by June, 2020.
  • Improve our 1st-5th Grade Math MAP composite score from the top 5% to the top 3% nationally by June, 2020.

Continue to foster an environment that provides equitable access and inclusion so that all students can fully participate in our schools, classrooms, programs and activities.

2020 GOALS

  • The district will conduct a student opportunity audit to provide baseline data around participation in courses, programs, and activities by June, 2020.

A Great Place to Work

Collaboratively cultivate a positive work environment focused on employee well- being, engagement and growth opportunities.

2020 GOAL

  • Increase the staff engagement index (% of positive responses) to 80% and the response rate to 50% on the annual staff survey by April 30, 2020.

A Great School District

Create maximum value for our community through strategic financial management, stakeholder engagement, and efficient and effective operations.

2020 GOALS

  • Successfully execute $12.8 million in capital projects on-time and on-budget during the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Establish an annual process that aligns the District’s long-term vision for enrollment projections, facility needs and financial resources.

School Report Cards

DPI school report cards include outcomes for each school in four priority areas: student achievement, student growth, closing gaps, and on-track and post-secondary readiness.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction first issued school report cards in 2011-2012, intended to create a more standardized methodology for parents and community members to determine the effectiveness of their local schools. A parent guide to School Report Cards can be found here. To view each school's report card detail or report cards for schools across the state, please visit DPI's Accountability Web Site. Each of the following areas included in the link here represent educational options for Wisconsin students.

School 2018-19 Rating 2018-19 Accountability Index
Brookfield Elementary 88.5 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
Burleigh Elementary 88.8 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
Dixon Elementary 81.7 Exceeds Expectations
Swanson Elementary 86 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
Tonawanda Elementary 94.4 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
Pilgrim Park Middle 85.8 Significantly Exceeds Expectationss
Wisconsin Hills Middle 79.5 Exceeds Expectations
Brookfield Central High 90.7 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
Brookfield East High 91.5 Significantly Exceeds Expectations

Board Committee Scorecards

Each of the District’s four Board Committees conduct a quarterly review of its Scorecard information to monitor key measures and evaluate progress made towards policy review, report presentation and analysis, and critical District projects. Scorecards are shared with the public to promote transparency and accountability.

Each year the District summarizes all key reports presented to Board Committees and/or the Board of Education in a “Reporting and Accountability Dashboard.” Find previous year’s reports below.

District Report Card

Most Recent Performance

In November 2016, the Department of Public Instruction released district scorecards to help parents and students compare districts across the state using common criteria in the areas of: Student Achievement, Student Growth, Closing Gaps, and Post-Secondary Readiness.

Elmbrook uses the report card as one measure to evaluate the success of the district, particularly in relation to its benchmark peers. To view all district or school report cards, visit the DPI Report Card Web Site.

2018-19 District Report Cards


Accountability Score (out of 100) Accountability Rating (Highest level - Significantly Exceeds Expectations)
Elmbrook 88.9 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
Arrowhead 89.7 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
Greendale 82 Exceeds Expectations
Hamilton 86.4 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
Mequon-Thiensville 89.5 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
Middleton - Cross Plains 82.6 Exceeds Expectations
New Berlin 86.9 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
Pewaukee 83.9 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
Waunakee Community 85 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
Whitefish Bay 87.2 Significantly Exceeds Expectations

Report Card Overview

As part of the state accountability system, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) produces report cards for every publicly funded school and district in Wisconsin. These Accountability Report Cards include data on multiple indicators for multiple years across four Priority Areas (Student Achievement, Growth, Closing Gaps, and On-track and Post-secondary Success). In addition, given the impact on student success, the Accountability Report Cards also measure chronic absenteeism and dropout rates. A school or district's Overall Accountability Score places the school/district into one of five Overall Accountability Ratings:

Rating Category

Score Range



Significantly Exceeds Expectations



Exceeds Expectations



Meets Expectations



Meets Few Expectations



Fails to Meet Expectations




The Elmbrook District and School Report Cards can be found on this page or accessed on DPI's site here. 

For more detailed information about the creation and scoring for the report cards, see the Accountability Resources page

Historical Report Card Data