UPDATE: DPI releases statewide test results with differing viewpoints

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 23, 2013--- 5:26 p.m.

Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE) results came out today, but they're receiving different opinions about how our kids are doing.

According to the results, 48.1% of Wisconsin students grades 3 through 8 and 10 are proficient or advanced in math. That's up 3.1%from five years ago.

More than 36% of students are advanced in reading, which is up 1.1%.

Madison's numbers aren't far off. 46% of students scored well in math and 37.2% in reading.

The Department of Public Instruction says this is an improvement, but Madison's Superintendent is not impressed.

"We see a lack of substantial improvement over all, and the continuance of alarming gaps in student achievement based on racial and socioeconomic status disability and language. Those gaps have not narrowed despite our hard work," said Madison School District Superintendent, Jennifer Cheatham.

Part of the challenge in interpreting the numbers this year is a raised bar, now with college and career readiness expectations that mirror proficiency levels used by the National Assessment of Educational Progress.


POSTED: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 --- 3:55 p.m.

Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction says new test results in math and reading show an overall improvement from five years ago, spanning all racial and ethnic breakdowns.

The results reflect more than 430,000 students tested last fall. The test was the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations, or WKCE.

State officials say the results are encouraging, but acknowledge achievement gaps between racial and ethnic groups remain large. Tony Evers, State Superintendent, says the results show students are "taking steps to accelerate achievement and close gaps." Others, including Madison Metropolitan School District's new superintendent, Jennifer Cheatham, and Kaleem Caire of the Urban League of Greater Madison, say more needs to be done.

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