Area students test above average on standardized tests

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis-- The scores are in! Students in the Chippewa Valley performed above the state average.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released students standard test scores this spring. Statewide only 37% of kids tested proficient in reading and 49% tested proficient in math.

In Eau Claire Students are above average in both reading and math.
39% of students scoring proficient or advanced on the reading test
and 50% tested proficient or advanced in math.

Altoona Students scored similar, with 51.7% of students testing proficient or advanced in math. 42.8% of Altoona students of students testing proficient or advanced in reading.

“We always want to do better,” said Altoona Superintendent Connie Biedron said.

Biedron says over the years the state standards for students have risen and that means each student has to preform higher too.

“We always want everyone to go up. We want those students in basic and minimal to go up,” said Biedron,

Biedron says schools have to look at the students individually and target areas they are struggling with. At Altoona, they have hired more intervention teachers to work with students struggling in a certain subject.

In the Eau Claire School District, the strategy is similar. “The tests are really meant to push students to see if they are learning as much as they possible can and as a district we always want to get better. So to see some improvement in test scores means we are in a continuous improvement model and we are doing a little bit better. I think that teachers are changing they're instruction and curriculum to help students with these test scores,” said Eau Claire School District Superintendent Hardeback.

Hardebeck says while the test scores are important, parents need to remember the score is just a snap shot of one day.