Final WKCE reading & math scores released
Students in north central Wisconsin on average stack up well against their peers in reading and math skills, as measured by results of this year’s state standardized tests.
Statewide, 48.6 percent of students scored proficient or advanced in math on the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exams taken last fall, and 36.6 percent of students scored proficient or advanced in math and reading. That’s an improvement from over five years ago, with all groups of students, including those in minority groups, showing progress. But an achievement gap still exists between minority students and white students.
D.C. Everest surpassed state averages in both reading and math.
This was the last year students will be tested in math and reading under the WKCE system. Next year, students will be tested under the Smarter Balanced test system, which is aligned to Common Core curriculum standards. That will be a more rigorous testing system, and students will take the exams on computers rather than with pencils and paper.
“It’s going to be a learning curve for all of us,” said Mary Jo Lechner, the director of elementary education for the D.C. Everest Area School District. Next year, she’ll be the district’s assistant superintendent of curriculum and learning.
However, she said, the computer-based Smarter Balanced tests will give teachers and parents more detailed information about individual students’ performances on exams. That’s going to make it easier for educators to identify and help struggling students, Lechner said, and also to challenge advanced students.
The new Smarter Balanced tests also will be given in the spring, allowing students most of the school year to prepare for the assessments.
Lechner said several Everest schools will serve as pilot sites for Smarter Balanced tests, and teachers have been learning about the new exams.
Information from this year’s results also will be used to bolster efforts to improve curriculum and classroom practices, Lechner said.
“We have been doing intensive work with early intervention (helping struggling students early),” Lechner said. Teacher training will continue to refine the process, she said.
At the state level, State Superintendent Tony Evers has appointed a task force of teachers and principals to specifically address the achievement gaps of minority and ethnic students.
“It’s heartening to see overall progress in math and reading results on the WKCE,” Evers said in a DPI news release. But “our achievement gaps are no secret and are too large. … The educators on my Promoting Excellence for All Task Force are from public, charter and choice schools that are moving the needle on student achievement. We want them to tell us what works in their schools and help us apply these strategies in classrooms across the state.”
Article courtesy WausauDailyHerald.com
Public School Open Enrollment
Wisconsin’s inter-district public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend school districts other than the one in which they reside. Dates for Open Enrollment are February 3, 2014 – April 30, 2014. To complete an online application beginning February 3, go to: http://sms.dpi.wi.gov/sms_psctoc
The online application closes at 4:00 p.m. on April 30. Late applications are not accepted for any reason.
If your child is currently open enrolled you do not need to reapply.
Kindergarten Registration – February 3-7, 2014
If you missed registration, you can still register your child at your neighborhood elementary school Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. You will need your child’s original birth certificate and immunization record. Registration will take about 30 minutes. Your kindergarten eligible child is welcome, but need not be present to register. If your child was enrolled in the 4K program, you do not need to register for kindergarten; those records will be transferred to your neighborhood school.
If you missed registration week, you can still register your child for 4K. A child is eligible for DCE’s 4K Program next fall if he/she is four years of age on or before September 1st of the school year for which they are registering. 4K registration will be held the second full week of February at all partnering agencies (see map and contact information). Your child’s birth certificate is needed to officially register, so please be certain to bring it, along with your child’s immunization record. Registration will take about 30 minutes, and your 4K-eligible child need not be present to register. You may print the necessary forms from the website and complete them before you come to register your child, but you must register in person. You may not mail or email the forms. Forms are also available at partnering agencies.
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