State officials are touting the performance of Wisconsin fourth and eighth graders on a national achievement test.
Around 9,600 public school students in the state took the National Assessment for Educational Progress test last winter. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released the results of the so-called “Nation’s Report Card,” which shows Wisconsin students scored above the national average in both fourth and eighth grade for mathematics and for eighth-grade reading. Compared to the previous year, the scores of Wisconsin students held about steady in both math and reading.
There’s at least one cause for concern in the test results. Nationwide, Wisconsin’s achievement gap between black and white students was second from the bottom for math and reading at both grade levels.
Contributed by Pat Curtis