ECASD : Wisconsin standardized test results above average

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Wisconsin's newest standardized math and English test scores are in.

The Department of Public Instruction says 42 percent of third through eighth graders in the state's public schools scored proficient or better on the Wisconsin Forward Exam.

The exam is the second new set of standardized tests students have taken in the last two years.

Despite the change the Eau Claire Area School District says its students are doing better than the state average.

“You look across the state and you see how other students are doing and are your students' results comparable and in our situation we're doing a little bit better than the state average,” said Superintendent Mary Ann Hardebeck.

Among eligible students the district says it had around 2,200 students take the Wisconsin Forward Exam which it says is on par with what the DPI say is Wisconsin's more than 98 percent participation rate.

“In the last three years we've had three different tests,” said Hardebeck. “We look to the future and they've told us to expect something very similar to the Forward Exam next year so we'll see what happens.”

State superintendent Tony Evers said he's hopeful this will be the last time in a long time the department will transition assessments saying "The Forward Exam provides us with a new baseline as we work to prepare all Wisconsin kids for college and career."

Hardebeck says even if slight changes are made to the Wisconsin Forward Exam the district’s students will be prepared.

“If we have strong instructional programs in place and we have a viable curriculum for students, students are going to do well on the test regardless of what test they take,” said Hardebeck.

To get an idea of whether students are improving year-to-year the state will have to compare scores from the same exams.

The state's contract with the exam developers runs six years with possible two-year extensions.



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