Educational Options

Wisconsin schools are required to provide parents with a list of the educational options available to them, including public schools, private schools participating in a parental choice program, charter schools, virtual schools, full-time open enrollment, youth options, course options and options for pupils enrolled in a home-based private educational program.  This list can be found at

Statewide Report Card

Zion students in grades 3-8 take the Wisconsin Forward Exam each spring.  These online assessments are rigorous measures of student academic performance, and are designed to measure progress toward grade-level knowledge and skills.  Students in grades 3-8 are assessed for English language arts and mathematics, and students in grades 4 and 8 are also assessed for science and social studies.  The results of these Exams, along with school attendance data, are used to create the Statewide Report Card. 

2019 was only the second year that Zion has administered the Forward Exam to our students.  Because of this limited data pool and history, our Statewide Report Card does not contain several important measures, including a score for Closing the Gaps, as well as Post-Secondary Readiness in 3rd Grade English Language Arts and 8th Grade Mathematics.  (These are listed as NA on our Statewide Report Card.)   In addition, this year’s Report Card shows the results for our Parental Choice Program students only.  

Understanding the limitations outlined above, the overall score for Zion on the Statewide Report Card is 61.8 out of 100 points.  This falls into the upper edge of the “Meets Few Expectations” category.  A score of 63 would have moved us into the “Meets Expectations” category.   A copy of Zion's most recent Statewide Report Card can be found here

These results provide important information about what our students know and can do, and provide parents and our community with a snapshot of our students’ readiness for the future.  We will continue to evaluate our efforts, using these statewide assessment results to help inform our roadmap for school improvement planning, teacher professional development activities, and closing achievement gaps.  We are confident that our students will continue to excel and that the data from our statewide assessments will contribute to a deeper understanding of our students’ performance. We look forward to examining trends at Zion Lutheran School as we build on multiple years of data from these rigorous exams.