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Middle, elementary WKCE scores on pace with state

Dips and rises noted looking year to year

June 19, 2008

Brown Deer elementary and middle school students’ performance on the 2007 Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination remained steady.

Overall, 73 to 90 percent of Brown Deer students in grades three through eight attained proficient or advanced scores - the target rankings on the WKCE - in reading and math. Seventy-three percent of fifth-graders were at least proficient in math, while 90 percent of eighth-graders reached the target in reading.

Year-to-year comparisons by grade level show some grades dipping from the prior year and others improving. Seventy percent of this year's eighth-grade class scored proficient or advanced in language, an increase of 11 percentage points from last year's 59 percent. That same grade level, however, experienced a decrease of 7 percentage points in science scores, from 81 to 74 percent advanced or proficient.

Director of Instruction Terry Brecklin said district officials will examine the data, including looking at classes of students as they move from one grade level to the next to determine if there is progress on the WKCE.

"We'll look for any glaring points, and then we'll look at our curriculum and see if any concepts need to be tweaked," she said.

Overall, this year's classes showed varied math performance. Fourth-graders improved in math, with 87 percent reaching the target ranks of advanced and proficient. Last year, as third-graders, 76 percent of that class scored advanced or proficient.

But the fifth-grade class dropped in math. Last year, as fourth-graders, 84 percent of the class reached the benchmark; this year, 73 percent achieved it.

The eighth-grade class rose above the state averages. It was 6 percentage points higher than the state in reading, with 90 percent of students scoring at least proficient; 7 percentage points higher in language with 70 percent scoring at least proficient; 4 percentage points higher in math with 79 percent scoring proficient or advanced; and 4 percentage points higher in social studies with 85 percent hitting the targeted range.

The eighth grade did not meet the state average in science, where the state average was 75 percent of students hitting the target, compared to 74 percent in Brown Deer.

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