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WKCE test scores released by state

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) recently released the results of the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE) administered in November of 2007.

At the state level, scores showed a three-year upward trend in mathematics and stable scores for reading.

Scores of the 434,507 students who took the WKCE and the Wisconsin Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities (WAA-Swd) statewide showed gains over the past three years in mathematics in six out of seven grades tested.

The DPI report states that reading achievement at the elementary, middle and high school levels was stable over the three-year period.

The math and reading portion of the test is administered to students in grades three through eight and grade 10. Students in grades four, eight and 10 also take added language arts, science and social studies components to the WKCE.

In New Richmond, approximately 1,400 students were tested in the fall of 2007.

"Overall student performance ... showed solid progress in student achievement in both reading and math at grades three, four and six," according to Deb Heyerdahl, director of curriculum and staff development for the New Richmond School District.

Heyerdahl said the number of students testing proficient and advanced in math and science at the grade 10 level increased significantly from a year ago.

In Somerset, approximately 750 students completed the state-mandated WKCE test in November 2007.

"In 20 of 23 subject areas exams, Somerset students were equal with, or bested, the average score for their Wisconsin peers tested in the same grade and subject," according to Ron Berg, director of curriculum and instruction for the Somerset School District.

Somerset third graders missed the proficiency level in math by one point and fifth graders missed it by 10 points in math.

Of the 597 St. Croix Central students who took the test, the sixth, eighth and 10th grade math scores were below the state numbers for proficient. Reading scores in all grades tested were above the state guideline score.The chart lists the schools' scores with the state results.