|Background: The WKCE (Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination) measures performance in Reading and Mathematics. It is administered at a number of grade levels; here we report the Math results for fifth graders at both the county and state levels. Skill levels are assessed as minimal, basic, proficient, or advanced; on the vertical axis we report the percent of students that achieved a proficient or advanced score in Reading each year. For more information on WKCE testing, visit the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The 2011 Southern Winnebago County LIFE Study contains additional information on student test scores in Oshkosh and the surrounding communities.|
Analysis: On average, between 2005 and 2011, 79% of Winnebago County fifth graders received a proficient or advanced Math score, while the State average over the same time period was 76%. Winnebago County scores were substantially higher than State scores between 2005 and 2008. However both State and Winnebago county scores fell sharply in 2009 and the decline in Winnebago County scores were more precipitous. In 2010, both Winnebago County scores Wisconsin scores increased slightly, but 2011 results mirrors those of 2009 with State scores again higher than those in Winnebago County. Many factors influence student performance on standardized tests, such as testing practices and curriculum issues. It is important that any performance issues be addressed to help ensure that our fifth graders are prepared for subsequent grade levels, and ultimately graduate high school.
Analysis provided by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Updated: June 13, 2012
2011 Southern Winnebago County LIFE Study