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Legislators react to state assessment results

Recently, the Department of Public Instruction has released the results for statewide student assessments from the 2018-19 school year.  Overall statewide results showed slight decreases in English language arts and mathematics proficiency.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the reaction from state legislators including Assembly Committee on Education Chair Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, Sens. Jon Erpenbach & Chris Larson and more: Continue reading Legislators react to state assessment results

DPI releases Wisconsin state assessment results

The Department of Public Instruction has released the results for statewide student assessments from the 2018-19 school year. From DPI:

“Overall results in the state showed slight decreases in English language arts and mathematics. When disaggregated, mathematics performance went up at some grade levels and went up overall for Hispanic students and students learning English across the state. Students at private schools participating in the school choice programs showed small increases in achievement. Continue reading DPI releases Wisconsin state assessment results

2017-18 Legislative Session K-12 wrap up

After scrapping plans to come back in an extraordinary session to modify state law regarding special elections, it appears the state legislature has concluded its business for the 2017-18 legislative session.  Let’s take a look back on the major proposals dealing with K-12 education and examine what made it into law and what did not.

If you are interested in the fate of a bill and you do not see it listed below consult the WASB Bill Tracking Chart.  Also, for more information on any of the legislation listed below, click on the topic headings.
Continue reading 2017-18 Legislative Session K-12 wrap up

Numerous K-12-related bills could still be passed on March 20

The state Assembly has closed the curtain on the 2017-18 legislative session.  However,  before adjourning, the Assembly passed a large number of bills and sent them to the Senate.  Here are the Assembly bills affecting K-12 education that are still alive and could be passed by the Senate when it meets on March 20 and sent on to the Governor’s desk.

Bills the WASB Supports:  Continue reading Numerous K-12-related bills could still be passed on March 20

Senate Education Committee to Hold Hearing Tuesday, Dec. 19

The state Senate Education Committee will hold a public hearing tomorrow on nine bills, many of which would impose mandates on public schools.  The hearing will begin at 1:00 p.m. in Room 411 South of the State Capitol.

Bill scheduled to be heard include:

Senate Bill 159, relating to: nutrition education.  The WASB opposes provisions in this bill that would impose a graduation requirement that students must complete a half-credit health education class that includes nutrition education, but supports amending the bill to remove this mandate.  If this mandate were dropped, the WASB would be neutral on this bill. Continue reading Senate Education Committee to Hold Hearing Tuesday, Dec. 19

Testing Notification & Opt-Out Bills Pass State Assembly

Two bills dealing with student assessments and authored by state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) chair of the Assembly Education Committee were passed by the Assembly on Thursday, Nov. 9.

Assembly Bill 300 would require each school board to prepare a summary written in commonly understood language that includes all of the following: Continue reading Testing Notification & Opt-Out Bills Pass State Assembly

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