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Strategy & Accountability


The District’s Mission, Vision and Core Values establish the foundation upon which the Elmbrook Schools’ strategy is developed.

During the 2012-13 school year, a new approach towards managing the District's strategy designed to align goals from the board room to the classroom. In March, more than 9,000 students, staff, parents, community members and alumni identified strengths and opportunities for improvement in three goal areas, as the District seeks to become:

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

  • Key objectives were established for the goal areas and presented in a strategy map (below). Each objective is supported with key projects, metrics and reporting expectations to ensure purposeful work, direct accountability, and identifiable results.

    2017-18 Elmbrook Schools Strategy Map

    Strategy Map

    Reporting & Accountability Framework

    Reporting and Accountability Framework

    The Reporting and Accountability Framework document provides a list of reports with a timeline for review of Board Committees and/or the full Board of Education.

    District Report Card

    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.

    2017-18 District Report Cards


    Accountability Score (out of 100) Accountability Rating (Highest level - Significantly Exceeds Expectations)
    Elmbrook 88.4 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
    Arrowhead 82.8 Exceeds Expectations
    Cedarburg 81.8 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
    Greendale 83.8 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
    Hamilton 89.3 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
    Mequon-Thiensville 87.9 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
    Middleton - Cross Plains 80.1 Exceeds Expectations
    New Berlin 85.7 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
    Waunakee Community 84.6 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
    Whitefish Bay 90.1 Significantly Exceeds Expectations

    School Report Cards

    In 2015-16, all district schools received school report card accountability index classifications of “significantly exceeds” expectations, the two highest ratings. The 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.


    School 2017-18 Rating 2017-18 Accountability Index
    Brookfield Elementary 92.2 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
    Burleigh Elementary 88.9 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
    Dixon Elementary 83.5 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
    Swanson Elementary 87.8 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
    Tonawanda Elementary 92.4 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
    Pilgrim Park Middle 86.1 Significantly Exceeds Expectationss
    Wisconsin Hills Middle 77.8 Exceeds Expectations
    Brookfield Central High 93.2 Significantly Exceeds Expectations
    Brookfield East High 89.0 Significantly Exceeds Expectations

    Strategic Objective Profiles

    Strategic Objectives focus the work of the District. Annually, the budget process is used to define and prioritize objectives. Each objective is profiled to provide context and detail for the work ahead. The profile contains:

    • Strategic Objective Champion: Key District Contact Shepherding the Work
    • Key Projects or Continuous Improvement Plans (A3): Projects or A3s that will impact the key metrics
    • Key Metrics: Significant measures to be monitored and reported as evidence of the objective's status
    • Reporting: Projected committee(s) to receive reports on projects, metrics, and overall objective status.  
    Click the link to view the Strategic Objective Profiles for 2015-16.