Wisconsin public school students’ participation in the Advanced Placement (AP) program continues to increase, according to figures released recently by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Those figures show an additional 2,457 public school students took AP exams in the 2015-16 school year, a 6.5 percent jump compared to the prior school year.
In all, Wisconsin public school students took 68,316 AP exams in May 2016 and earned scores of three or higher on 65.5 percent of those exams. Students earning a score of three, four, or five on AP exams generally receive college credit, advanced standing, or both at many colleges and universities worldwide. Continue reading Public School Students’ AP Participation Continues to Climb
For the first time, the University of Wisconsin (UW) System has issued what it calls a Legislated Remedial Course Report on incoming freshman students at UW campuses who graduated from Wisconsin high schools and who, although admitted, must take remedial classes in English or math to make up for deficiencies.
This report on required remediation is in response to legislation passed during the last session (2015 Wisconsin Act 28) directing the UW System to annually identify the high schools in the state with more than 6 students who, based on their performance on placement tests in the preceding 12 months, are required to take remedial courses in English or mathematics. Continue reading UW System Issues Remediation Report
The following are the resolutions adopted by member school boards and submitted before the Sept 15 deadline to the WASB for review by the Policy & Resolutions Committee. The committee meets for the first time Sept 30-Oct 1.
The committee determines which resolutions to recommend be advanced to the Delegate Assembly, which meets annually at the time of the State Education Convention in January. If approved by the Delegate Assembly, the resolutions become the official positions of the WASB. Resolutions turned down by the committee are still afforded an opportunity to be brought to the Delegate Assembly floor under the WASB’s Bylaws. Continue reading The Resolutions Submitted by School Boards for Policy and Resolutions Committee Review
The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to reauthorize the Perkins Career and Technical Education Program Tuesday (Sept. 13). The measure, officially called the “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act” (H.R. 5587), passed by a vote of 405 to 5. Continue reading House Passes Career & Tech Ed Reauthorization
For nearly a half-century, Phi Delta Kappa (PDK), a professional educators organization, has released a nationwide poll this time of year that attempts to capture the American public’s attitudes toward public education.
This year’s poll reveals Americans are divided on a host of bedrock education issues, including the goals of education, standards, funding and more.
Most adults continue to think highly of their community’s schools—48 percent give their local schools and “A” or “B” grade compared to just 24 percent for public schools nationally. The percentage of Americans who give positive grades to the nation’s schools is up 7 points since 2014, while grades for local public schools have remained steady in recent years. The gap between the two is the smallest it has been since 2008. Continue reading 48th Annual PDK Poll: Americans are Divided on the Role of Public Schools, Importance of Career & Tech Ed vs. Academics
In 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