Fewer local students meet higher testing standards but still outperform state

Far fewer students scored at proficient or advanced levels in math and reading this year, but that’s not because of any major changes in their ability.

State officials raised the bar for what it considers proficient on the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concept Exam this year.

As a result, only 57.5 percent of Oshkosh students who took the test last fall scored at proficient or advanced levels in math. And, 36.2 percent of students scored at those levels in reading.

Under the old system, 85.8 percent of Oshkosh students were proficient or advanced in math, and 84.4 percent scored that well in reading.

The new proficiency standards make district-level figures incomparable with past years. However, statewide data shows gains in both math and reading. Overall, 48.1 percent of students were proficient or advanced in math, up 3.1 percent from five years ago, according to the state Department of Public Instruction. In reading, 36.2 percent of students scored at those levels, up 1.1 percent from five years ago.

In Winneconne, 55.1 percent of students were proficient or advanced in math this year and 48.1 percent were at those levels in reading.

In Omro, 43.2 percent of students were proficient or better in math and 32.4 percent were at those levels in reading.

About Adam Rodewald

Adam Rodewald is the senior reporter for The Oshkosh Northwestern and a member of the Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team. He has been a professional journalist since 2006. He specializes in open records, data analysis, and issues surrounding education, children and families.
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