Tag Archives: Civics

DPI: Hold Off on Requiring Students to Retake Civics Test Due to Passing Score Change

From the Department of Public Instruction (DPI):

As part of 2017 Wisconsin Act 59, the minimum passing score on the civics test for high school graduation set forth by Wis. Stat. s. 118.33(1m)(a)1. was increased from 60 to 65 out of 100. The way the law currently reads, current students who have not obtained a score of at least 65 are ineligible to receive a high school diploma. This means that students who previously scored between 60 and 64 but have not yet received a diploma will be required to retake the civics test to obtain this new statutory minimum. The DPI does not believe the legislature intended to nullify scores previously considered passing prior to Act 59. Therefore, the DPI will work with the legislature to amend the current language under Wis. Stat. s. 118.33(1m)(a)1. to apply the higher-score requirement under Act 59 to only those students who had not already obtained a passing score prior to September 23, 2017, the effective date of Act 59.

Please consider waiting for further details on this potential legislative amendment before requiring students to retake the Civics Graduation Requirement exam.

Community/Parents’ Groups Rally In Support of Public Education

The Fox Cities Advocates for Public Education (FCA4PE) is sponsoring 6 rallies throughout the Fox Cities on successive Tuesdays.  Three rallies took place in Appleton, Neenah and Kaukauna on June 8, 16, and 23.  Three more are scheduled in Kimberly, Menasha and Little Chute.

The remaining rallies are Tuesday evenings from 4:00-5:00 p.m. and will be held at the following locations: Continue reading Community/Parents’ Groups Rally In Support of Public Education

JFC Budget: Pupil Assessment Provisions

Pupil Assessments

The JFC budget approves the governor’s recommendation to prohibit the state superintendent from adopting or approving examinations developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Badger Exam) and prohibits the state from participating in the Smarter Balanced Consortium.  The budget continues to fund implementation of the Dynamic Learning assessment system and the American College Testing (ACT) suite of tests.  The ACT tests are administered to students in the 9th, 10th and 11th grades.

The budget version adopted by the JFC also eliminates the requirement that schools administer the ninth grade examination in the fall session (schools are still required to administer the ninth grade examination in the spring session).

In addition, the JFC budget bill would require that any assessment adopted and approved by the State Superintendent to replace the Badger Exam must meet the following criteria: Continue reading JFC Budget: Pupil Assessment Provisions

Assembly Committee Set to Hold Hearing on Civics Mandate Bill

The Assembly Committee on State Affairs and Government Operations has scheduled a public hearing for this Wednesday afternoon on a bill (Assembly Bill 194) that would require the successful completion of the civics portion of a citizenship test as a condition for obtaining a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma.

The proposed “citizenship” test would be a “high-stakes” test in that failure to pass the test would prevent a student from graduating high school or getting a GED. Wisconsin has never required students to pass a state test in order to graduate.  Continue reading Assembly Committee Set to Hold Hearing on Civics Mandate Bill

Civics Mandate Draft Being Circulated

A northern Wisconsin lawmaker is circulating a bill draft that would require successful completion of the civics portion of a citizenship test for high school graduation.  State Representative James Edming (R-Glen Fora) sent a memo to fellow lawmakers looking for support last week Friday.  After detailing recent polls where a high number of adult respondents cannot correctly answer certain civics questions the memo states: Continue reading Civics Mandate Draft Being Circulated