|About test scores in Wisconsin|
Although test scores are only one measure of student achievement, they have become increasingly important in assessing student learning. In 2006-2007 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) to test students' progress toward achieving academic standards. The WSAS includes the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination Criterion-Referenced Tests (WKCE-CRT), taken by nearly all students, and alternate assessments taken by certain students with limited English proficiency or disabilities. The WKCE-CRT is given to students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WKCE-CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Wisconsin.
How are the tests scored?
Which results are included on GreatSchools profiles
Why do the tests matter?
It is important to be aware of both your child's score on the assessments and the overall score for his school. If your child scores below the standards, contact his teacher to discuss getting additional assistance, and to find out how you can support your child's learning at home.
If the school's overall scores are low, ask what steps the school is taking to raise achievement levels for all students, and what you can do to help. If your child is in a failing school, ask what your options are for transferring and obtaining supplemental services.
What changes did Wisconsin implement in the 2006-2007 school year?
A few parting words
Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction, 2006-2007