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WI schools improve test scores, racial gap still persists

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin public school students have improved in math and reading over five years, though the racial gap is still wide.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released their numbers for last year's Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations (WKCE) results.  The numbers improved for all racial and ethnic groups, though there is still a wide gap between white students and minorities.

According to their numbers, only a little less than half of students scored in the two highest rankings in math.  That is almost 2% higher than the scores five years ago.  In reading, over 35% of students scored the two highest rankings in reading, which is a little over 1% improvement from five years ago.

But only 18% of black students were in the highest two ranks in math and just 14% in reading.  28% of Hispanic students were in the higher rankings for math, and 18% for reading.  51.4% of Asian students were placed in the higher ranks for math, and 34.5% for reading.  White students were 56% proficient or advanced in math and almost 43% were in reading.

Overall, all students have increased in their percentages from the 2009-2010 test scores.

The numbers show percentage of student test-takers who are economically disadvantaged were highest amongst minority students.  Only 30% of white students were disadvantaged, whereas all of the minority categories had over 50% of the students being disadvantaged.

State Superintendent Tony Evers said, "It's heartening to see overall progress in math and reading results on the WKCE."

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction says next year the students will be taking the test online.

The full report can be found here.

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