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Statewide Testing Results Steady; Achievement Gaps Remain

From the Department of Public Instruction (DPI): “Statewide results held steady on the Forward, ACT Plus Writing, and Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessments administered during the 2016-17 school year. These exams, part of the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), are the statewide assessments for the more than 453,000 public and private choice school students enrolled in grades three through eight and grade 11.

“Participation was up by 5,713 students statewide from the prior school year, and rates improved slightly for public schools with 98.4 percent of students taking the assessments. Choice schools had a participation rate of 93.1 percent. Results for choice students showed some fluctuations across the Forward and ACT assessments, though none were significantly different from the prior year. Overall, public school results across the WSAS were steady. Continue reading Statewide Testing Results Steady; Achievement Gaps Remain

A Deeper Dive into the State’s Draft ESSA Accountability Plan

This is the first in a series of posts looking at the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and how the state’s draft accountability plan attempts to meet those requirements.ESSA Plan Template

Purpose—The primary purpose of the accountability system the state must develop in response to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is to appropriately identify schools with performance issues for comprehensive and targeted support and improvement efforts as required under ESSA. Continue reading A Deeper Dive into the State’s Draft ESSA Accountability Plan

ACT Results Hold Steady, Persistent Achievement Gaps Remain

Results of the statewide administration of the ACT test to all high school juniors were made available this week and mark the second year 11th graders have been required to take the test for accountability purposes.  Across Wisconsin, scores came from 64,668 students statewide in 11th grade who took the ACT exam last spring.

Last year’s public school juniors posted an average composite score of 20.1, nearly the same as the previous year. Juniors who receive taxpayer funded vouchers to attend private high schools posted an average composite score of 18.2. Continue reading ACT Results Hold Steady, Persistent Achievement Gaps Remain

With All Students Now Tested, Wisconsin’s ACT Scores Dip Below National Average

testingIn standardized testing, it is often the case that scores go down when participation rises.

That is true in Wisconsin, where a noticeable drop in Wisconsin’s average score was expected this year, as for the first time 100 percent of Wisconsin’s graduating seniors took the test, including many who likely do not expect to be heading to a college or university. Last year, when the ACT was taken voluntarily by those most interested in attending college, 73 percent of graduating seniors took the test.

The average composite score on the ACT college entrance exam for Wisconsin’s 2016 class of graduating high school seniors dropped from 22.2 to 20.5, according to a report released today by ACT.  Wisconsin’s 2016 scores dipped slightly below the national average of 20.8, which was also slightly lower than last year. Continue reading With All Students Now Tested, Wisconsin’s ACT Scores Dip Below National Average

Urban Education Task Force Releases Recommendations

The Assembly Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education has released its final report. The task force was convened by Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) last year and chaired by Rep. Jessie Rodriguez (R-Franklin) with the aim of improving educational outcomes at urban schools.

Vice Chair Sondy Pope (D-Mt. Horeb) issued a statement indicating Democrats on the task force would be releasing their own separate report soon.

The recommendations are:

Continue reading Urban Education Task Force Releases Recommendations

Statewide Student Assessment Results Released

This week, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released the results of statewide student assessments taken during the 2014-15 school year.

Students in 3rd through 8th grade took either the Badger exam, the beleaguered state standardized test given for the first and last time last spring, or the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) exam, an alternative assessment given to students with severe cognitive disabilities

Results showed that 51.2 percent of public school students in grades 3-8 were proficient or advanced in English language arts and 43.7 percent were proficient or advanced in math, according to the DPI.

Comparisons with the previous Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exams (WKCE) are not advised because of significant differences between the two tests, DPI said. Continue reading Statewide Student Assessment Results Released