Students show improvement in reading and math across all groups while voucher students fall behind
Posted April 24, 2013
The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released test results from the 2012-13 Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam (WKCE) and the Wisconsin Alternate Assessments for Students with Disabilities (WAA-SwD). The percent of students scoring proficient or advanced for mathematics was 48.1 percent, a 3.1 percent increase from the 2008-09 school year. Results for reading also showed a slight improvement. The percent of students scoring proficient or advanced in reading was 36.2 percent, a 1.1 percent increase from 2008-09.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel analyzed the results and found that voucher students attending private voucher schools in Milwaukee and Racine scored worse on the assessments than their peers in public schools.
The DPI reminds school leaders that the data is being reported using new college and career readiness expectations.
“New proficiency levels implemented statewide for the WKCE math and reading tests mirror proficiency levels used by the National Assessment of Educational Progress," State Superintendent Tony Evers said. "Adjusting to higher expectations will take time and effort, but these are necessary changes that will ultimately help our schools better prepare all students to be college and career ready and link with work being done throughout the state to implement new standards and other parts of Agenda 2017.”
Results also show that achievement gaps continue to pose a challenge for Wisconsin. Only 13.5 percent of black students scored proficient or advanced in reading, compared to 42.5 percent of white students.
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