MPSD DPI report card “Meets Expectations”

MPSD DPI report card “Meets Expectations”
Posted on 11/16/2021
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The Manitowoc Public School District continued to “meet expectations” on its state Report Card for the 2020-2021 school year, amid changing learning models and other challenges spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data released Tuesday by the state Department of Public Instruction.

One MPSD school - Madison Elementary - saw its school report card rating rise to “exceeds expectations” during the full pandemic year. MPSD students started with a combination of in-person and online instruction, moved to full online learning and then back to a combination before returning to full in-person for the final quarter. Some students chose to remain in full online learning all year.  

Five MPSD schools - Jackson, Monroe and Stangel Elementary and Washington and Wilson Middle Schools - were rated as “meets expectations.” Three schools - Franklin and Jefferson Elementary and Lincoln High School - were rated as “meets few expectations.” McKinley Academy, in its final year as an alternative high school, received an alternate rating of “needs improvement.” McKinley Academy was converted this fall to a new virtual charter school serving students in grades K-12.

The state Report Cards released Tuesday also reflect just the second year of Manitowoc’s grade realignment in which 9th graders moved to Lincoln High School, Washington and Wilson Jr. High Schools became grades 6-8 middle schools and 5-year-old kindergarten moved from a central site to each neighborhood elementary school. Stangel Elementary students and staff moved to a new Riverview Elementary. 

MPSD Superintendent Mark Holzman said a team of district administrators and faculty have already reviewed the data to understand areas for improvement and identify areas to celebrate which led to the development of building based action plans.

“There is no doubt 2020-2021 was a challenging year for students, staff and families,” Holzman said. “We will continue to review our assessment, attendance, graduation and post-secondary readiness data and collaborate around best practices to resolve gaps in learning and achievement.”

Holzman added: “Our district remains proud of the work that all staff members continue to do for and with students as we collaboratively prepare every learner for community, career and college readiness.”

DPI scores districts and schools in four priority areas: student achievement, academic growth, target group outcomes, and students being on-track and prepared for post-secondary education. Results are listed online at

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