State Superintendent Tony Evers issued a statement Dec. 21 asking for change in state law to minimize the use of state standardized test results in the evaluation of educators.
In the statement Evers says he believes there is too much emphasis on standardized tests and the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, gives states the option to use local data in place of state test results in the Educator Effectiveness System.
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.
Continue reading School and District Report Cards Return
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
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