Over 96 percent of Wisconsin school districts met or exceeded state expectations in 2017-18, according to school and district report cards released by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). In addition, nearly 84 percent of individual public schools met or exceeded state expectations. Both figures reflect an improvement over the previous year (2016-17). Continue reading More schools and districts meet or exceed state expectations
The newest Marquette University Law School Poll was released by Prof. Charles Franklin on October 31 and it included an array of questions on various election and other issues. This poll asked more K-12 related questions than previous polls including questions on teacher pay and priorities for increasing student achievement.
K-12 education once again featured as a top issue for likely voters: Continue reading MU Law Poll: K-12 still a top issue for voters; governor race a dead heat
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
For the first time in two years, the state has released K-12 school and district report cards, providing the latest “snapshot” of school and school district performance and marking the debut of a new “5-star” scoring system.
The report cards, based on student test scores on the state assessments administered during the 2015-16 school year, were released Thursday by the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
Ninety-one percent of public school districts and over 82 percent of public schools in Wisconsin met or exceeded expectations on 2015-16 report cards.
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
Results from last spring’s testing of 382,836 public and private choice (voucher) students in grades three through eight on the new online Forward Exam were announced today. The results provide the latest snapshot of how Wisconsin students are performing in core content areas statewide. Continue reading 42% Score Proficient or Better on New State Assessment
A new study commissioned by the Association for Equity in Funding (AEF) finds disparities in school funding among school districts with vastly different student demographics have negative effects on student outcome measures such as scores on school and district report cards.
The study, unveiled today Sept. 14 at a state Capitol press conference, is a follow-up to an earlier study that developed a “Funding Disparity Ranking” of Wisconsin public schools that allows an “apples-to-apples” comparison of school district funding and spending capacity. The new study sought to answer the question of whether Wisconsin’s school funding system and resulting disparity between districts (as measured by the “Funding Disparity Rank”) has a direct impact on student performance and outcomes. Continue reading New AEF Study: School Funding Disparity Harms Student Outcomes & Opportunities