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New Berlin, Muskego students record noticeable gains in WKCE test scores

April 15, 2014

The percentage of New Berlin students who are working at or above grade level reached a five-year high based on Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam results and Muskego-Norway School District students scored significant gains over the previous year in all five subjects tested on the WKCEs.

"These results show we are achieving our district goal of increasing student performance to ensure all students are prepared for college, careers and future opportunities," New Berlin Superintendent Joe Garza said in a news release announcing the WKCE results. The scores were released last week.

Similarly, Lisa Safago, Muskego-Norway director of secondary student learning, said, "We improved in nearly every grade in reading and math."

Students statewide took the WKCEs last fall in reading and math in grades three through through eight and in grade 10 plus grades four, eight and 10 also were tested in language arts that includes spelling and grammar, science and social studies.

The goal is for all students to be either proficient or advanced for their grade levels. That has been a challenge since the 2012-13 school year when the state Department of Public Instruction raised the "passing grade" students need to be deemed proficient or advanced. Raising the bar was part of the state's changeover to the more rigorous state test that is aligned with the new Common Core standards to which the state is moving. That new test, dubbed Smarter Balanced, will start in spring 2015, taking the place of the WKCE.

With the higher requirement, 74.3 percent of New Berlin students scored proficient or advanced in math, exceeding the state average of 48.6. In reading, 54 percent are proficient or advanced, exceeding the state average of 36.6. Reading was the lowest score of all five subjects tested in New Berlin.

The New Berlin scores improved over the previous year in every subject except social studies, where they were nearly unchanged. More students were proficient or advanced in social studies than for any other subject tested.

In the Muskego-Norway District, the percentage of students proficient or advanced rose in all five subjects. Like New Berlin, the lowest percentage proficient or advanced was in reading, 47 percent.

Muskego-Norway schools have emphasized reading and math and have seen results with nearly every grade showing improvement in those subjects, Safago said. In particular, the percentage of fourth-, seventh- and 10th-graders proficient or advanced shot up 10 points or more in reading, she said.

WKCE TEST RESULTS

 

 

Percentage of Students Scoring Proficient or Advanced on 2013-14 WKCE

 

 

Reading

 

Math

 

Science

 

Language Arts

 

Social Studies

 

 

Muskego-

Norway

 

47 (45 previous year)

65.3(64.3)

88.9 (86.5)

84.8 (81.8)

92.8 (91.4)

New Berlin

 

54 (52.1)

74.3 (69.9)

91.4 (88.5)

84.8 (82.9)

92.9 (93.4)

Statewide

 

36.6 (36.2)

48.6 (48.1)

76.5 (76.7)

70 (69.5)

82.8 (84.2)

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