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Area students again ahead of state on exams

With just two exceptions in one subject, area students again bested their peers statewide on scores for the past school term’s state testing.

The exceptions on the Wisconsin Knowledge Concepts Exams (WKCE), taken last fall, from this area were in language, according to results for 2012-13 from the state’s Department of Public Instruction (DPI). The number of Elmwood and Spring Valley students scoring advanced or proficient in that single subject fell below the state average.

Otherwise, the grades three through eight and grade 10 students from schools in Pierce County who were tested for reading and math, and those in fourth, eighth and 10th grades additionally tested in language arts, social studies and science, topped statewide numbers across-the-board.

Based on their answers to the WKCE, competence for all students taking the exams was classified as advanced, proficient, basic or minimal. Because reading and math test portions were graded on a much higher scale than in the past, many more students dropped out of the highest scoring level—advanced—and into the next two levels—proficient and basic—for those two subjects.

The following results compare the percentage of students in each outlying Pierce County school district attaining either advanced or proficient in the five subjects.

--Reading: Ellsworth, 37.9 percent; Elmwood, 79.3 percent; Plum City, 45.3 percent; Prescott, 44.7 percent; Spring Valley, 37.9 percent; and state, 36.6 percent.

--Language: Ellsworth, 80.2 percent; Elmwood, 60.8 percent; Plum City, 90.0 percent; Prescott, 81 percent; Spring Valley, 68 percent; and state, 36.6 percent.

--Math: Ellsworth, 50.6 percent; Elmwood, 48.6 percent; Plum City, 59.9 percent; Prescott, 51.3 percent; Spring Valley, 60.2 percent; and state, 48.4 percent.

--Science: Ellsworth, 85.3 percent; Elmwood, 83.7 percent; Plum City, 83.6 percent; Prescott, 90.7 percent; Spring Valley, 93.7 percent; and state, 77 percent.

--Social studies: Ellsworth, 90.8 percent; Elmwood, 90.6 percent; Plum City, 96.4 percent; Prescott, 93.3 percent; Spring Valley, 93.8 percent; and state, 84.7 percent.

For more pelase read the August 21 print version of the Herald. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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