Weather Forecast


Area students beat state peers on exams

Students in Plum City, Prescott and Spring Valley bested their peers statewide on scores for the past school term's state testing. 

The results for the 2012-13 Wisconsin Knolwedge Concepts Exams (WKCE), were made available from the state's Department of Public Instruction. 

Students in grades three through eight and sophomores from Pierce County schools were tested for reading and math, and those in fourth, eighth and 10th grades were tested in language arts, social studies and science.

Ellsworth students were above average in reading, language arts, science and social studies, while Elmwood was in reading and science. 

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.

--Reading: Ellsworth, 41.6 percent; Elmwood, 40.1 percent; Plum City, 43.7 percent; Prescott, 41.9 percent; Spring Valley, 48 percent; and state, 36.6 percent.

--Language arts: Ellsworth, 78.6 percent; Elmwood, 64.3 percent; Plum City, 79.2 percent; Prescott, 82.7 percent; Spring Valley, 78.8 percent; and state, 70.1 percent.

--Math: Ellsworth, 47.3 percent; Elmwood, 42.3 percent; Plum City, 53.7 percent; Prescott, 53.8 percent; Spring Valley, 56.7 percent; and state, 48.6 percent.

--Science: Ellsworth, 86.7 percent; Elmwood, 83.9 percent; Plum City, 79.3 percent; Prescott, 90 percent; Spring Valley, 84.8 percent; and state, 76.5 percent.

--Social studies: Ellsworth, 86.8 percent; Elmwood, 82.1 percent; Plum City, 86.7 percent; Prescott, 92.7 percent; Spring Valley, 90.9 percent; and state, 82.8 percent.

For more please read the April 16 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.

(715) 273-4334