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Second year of school report cards due out Tuesday

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Parents can find out Tuesday how their public schools are doing. 

The state Department of Public Instruction will release a second year of report cards, which show how well schools are meeting performance standards. 

This year's version includes more data, plus more details for individual schools. 

There were changes in the way some figures were calculated. That means this year's grades might not be comparable to the first ones issued last year. 

Local school officials should be ready to answer questions from parents. Schools were given their data about a month ago. 

Last year's first report cards showed that 86 percent of Wisconsin schools met or exceeded expectations. 76 schools, or 3.5 percent of the total, failed to meet expectations. 

The DPI's John Johnson cautions that the report cards are still a work in progress. 

In the spring, state Senate Education Committee chairman Luther Olsen said it was too early to use the report cards to reward or punish schools with things like increases or decreases in their state aid.