New College and Career Readiness Benchmarks for the WKCE
Each year in Wisconsin, public school students in grades 3-8 and 10 take the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations (WKCE) for mathematics and reading. The results of these annual assessments provide vital information for students, parents, and educators.
Starting in the 2012-13 school year, Wisconsin is raising the benchmark scores needed for students to reach the proficient or advanced performance levels. These new college and career readiness proficiency levels are based on the the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
Because of these benchmark score changes, WKCE results will show a significant decline in the number of students considered to be "proficient" or advanced." This does not reflect a change in the abilities of students, but rather reflects the higher standards and aspirations we have for our students and schools.
The higher college and career readiness benchmarks will be reflected in Wisconsin's new school accountability system. Under this new system, students’ performance levels will be balanced with indicators regarding student growth, closing gaps between groups of students, and keeping students on track to graduation and postsecondary readiness.
Adjusting to higher aspirations and expectations will take some time, but this is a necessary change for a worthy purpose: to elevate the achievement of our students and their schools. Together, we can all work to make sure every child graduates ready for college and career.