Education & Learning

Student Attendance 
School educational performance outcomes in Fox Cities remain strong overall. High school graduation rates improved from 2012 to 2014 in Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago, with Wisconsin currently ranked third highest in statewide1 graduation rates. Grade 5 attendance has been identified as a leading indicator of academic success in the long run, as this is an age where students can become less engaged, leading to challenges in later grades. Grade 5 attendance rates for the Fox Cities counties are all currently above the state average. Habitual truants can fall behind in their school work and are at a greater risk of dropping out of school. Habitual truancy rates for Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago are consistently lower than the Wisconsin average.

Student Performance 
Student math, reading and science proficiency rates are all above the state average. While high-school dropout rates fell from 2012 to 2014 in Calumet and Winnebago, they rose slightly in Outagamie. However, the 2010-2014 idle teen rate for the Fox Cities ranges from just 0.7% in Calumet to 2.5% in Outagamie, much lower than United States average of 5.2%.  Among racial/ethnic groups, the four-year graduation rate declined among all races between 2015 and 2016, with the exception of those in the Two or More Races group. After showing an increase in graduation rates between 2011 and 2015, the four year graduation rate for Black or African American students declined from 70.0% to 63.0% between 2015 and 2016. 

While the percentage of students eligible for free and reduced price (FRPL) lunches has steadily increased for all Fox Cities counties between 2010 and 2014, the performance gap in Grade 3 reading proficiency between economically disadvantaged and non-economically disadvantaged students appears to have closed slightly between 2010 and 2014. The number of students eligible for FRPL was also higher for minority groups when compared to White students from 2011 to 2016. Only 21.7% of White students in 2016 were eligible for free or reduced lunch compared to 70.7% and 70.8% of Black or African American, and Hispanic students respectively that same year.

Investment in Education
The educational cost per student across the Fox Cities counties has risen from 2012 to 2014, with all counties spending below the state average. Calumet and Outagamie spending in 2013 was higher than the United States average2, with Winnebago slightly lower. 


(1)See 2014 state rankings here: http://www.americashealthrankings.org/all/Graduation