Racial disparities persist in new Wisconsin exam results 

Jan 18, 2016 by

Results from a new statewide standardized test show persistent racial gaps in achievement by Wisconsin public school students.

The new Badger Exam replaced the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam last year, testing English language arts and math for public school students in grades three through eight. The test had a bumpy rollout, with technical glitches, delays and criticism from parents, school administrators and lawmakers.

The test found about 44 percent of students in grades three through eight scored proficient or advanced in math, and about 51 percent proficient or advanced in English language arts, according to results from the state last week.

As with previous tests, the Badger Exam results show racial disparities between white students and students of color, with the widest gap between white and black students. In English language arts, 58.5 percent of white students scored proficient or advanced compared with only about 21 percent of black students. In math, about 51 percent of white students scored proficient or advanced, compard to about 12 percent of black students.

English language learners, economically disadvantaged students and students with disabilities also had far lower rates of proficiency than their peers.

 

Source: Racial disparities persist in new Wisconsin exam results – TwinCities.com

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