SASD Encouraged by WKCE Test Scores
The 2011 Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam (WKCE) scores were released today for all Wisconsin public school districts.
The 2011 WKCE results show that students in the Sheboygan Area School District (SASD) continue to perform above the state average in math and reading. The SASD has consistently performed well in math and continues to score significantly above the state average.
Compared to 2010 WKCE scores, the SASD showed great improvement in grade 3 test results in reading and math. Reading scores increased 3 percentage points over last year and math scores increased 7 percentage points. As part of the five year Student Learning Plan, the SASD has been focusing on early interventions for kindergarten through second grade students. In this process, teachers use assessment data to determine specific skills students are having trouble with and then provide additional instruction to keep the students moving forward and successful. “Our goal of intervening early is to ensure that students’ demonstrate proficiency in reading and math prior to third grade. In doing so, students will have a solid foundation in the skills necessary to be engaged in more challenging course work in the future and for continued growth in WKCE performance.” said Seth Harvatine, Director of Instructional Services.
The WKCE is given in the fall of the year and tests students in grades 3 – 8 and 10. All students are tested in reading and math. Students in grades 4, 8, and 10 are also tested in language arts, social studies and science.
Emphasis will remain on implementing strategies to improve reading across all grade levels. In addition, the district continues to make significant gains in implementing an intervention system to support the needs of individual students.
The WKCE is only one indicator of a quality school or system and the SASD will continue to use additional assessments and supports to ensure our students are learning. The SASD remains very proud of the exceptional work and strong talents of its students, staff, leaders, and Board of Education with strong support from parents and the community.