Wisconsin 3Rd-Graders Earn Top Scores On Reading Test
Wisconsin's 3rd-graders earned their
highest scores ever on the Wisconsin Reading Comprehension Test in 2005,
according to the state's Department of Public Instruction. More than 87%
of test-takers scored at the proficient or advanced level on the statewide
exam, the highest percentage since the test's inception in 1998.
Wisconsin Reading Comprehension
(% proficient or advanced)
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|All students || |
|African American || |
|American Indian || |
|Asian || |
|Hispanic || |
|White || |
|Students with disabilities || |
|Non-disabled || |
|Limited English proficient || |
|English proficient || |
|Economically disadvantaged || |
|Not economically disadvantaged || |
"This is an extraordinary achievement and is more evidence that
Wisconsin has great schools," WEAC President Stan Johnson said.
"It also provides proof that the SAGE class-size reduction program
is working. Even though the state is facing tough fiscal times, we must
continue to invest in our future by supporting programs like SAGE that
work for our children."
The Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE) program limits
class sizes in the early grades to provide more individualized attention
to students from low-income families. "In 1998, there was a 21-point
difference in the percentage of students scoring proficient and advanced
between the original 27 SAGE schools and non-SAGE schools," State
Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster said. "This year, the gap closed
to eight percentage points."
Johnson said Governor Jim Doyle proposed to expand the SAGE program
in his budget bill, but the Legislature slashed the additional funding.
"Tomorrow's workforce depends on classrooms that work today. Programs
like SAGE and 4-year-old kindergarten are vital to the growth of the
Burmaster noted that the scores indicated a narrowing of the achievement
gap between poor children and their peers but the gap between white
students and students of color still exists. "While the achievement
gap persists for students of color, the percentage of students scoring
proficient and advanced has climbed over the past eight years for all
racial and ethnic groups," she said. "We must stay the course
in our efforts to close the achievement gap and support programs and
activities that we know work."
Background on the 2005-07
Posted July 13, 2005