Student test scores continue above state averageSummer has arrived! This is our time as a district to reflect on our successes throughout the past year and gear up for our continued commitment to raising learning expectations and results for our students in the fall.
By: Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten, Superintendent of Schools, Hudson Star-Observer
Summer has arrived! This is our time as a district to reflect on our successes throughout the past year and gear up for our continued commitment to raising learning expectations and results for our students in the fall.
Standardized test results are only one measure we use to review overall student progress. All students in Wisconsin take the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exams in grades 3-8, and 10. The district also uses North West Evaluation Association’s Measures of Academic Progress tests to follow learning growth of individual students and groups of students from fall to spring and year to year.
The WKCE test results are good news for the district. For the past three years, students at all grade levels that were tested performed above the state average in both reading and math. In most cases, students scored over 10 percent higher than the state average in the area of reading and in some cases 20 percent higher than the state average in mathematics. For example, 96 percent of Hudson fifth-graders achieved proficient and advanced scores compared to the state average of 83 percent.
In mathematics, 88 percent of Hudson eighth-graders achieved proficient and advanced scores compared to the state average of 75 percent.
A full report of WKCE test results is available at www2.dpi.state.wi.us/wsas/ or the district’s own analysis on our Web site at www.hudson.k12.wi.us.
The district is particularly impressed with the improved performance elementary students have demonstrated on the WKCE writing tests for the last two years. The results show a significant increase in the percentage of students scoring at higher levels in writing. The high quality professional development that has been conducted over the last two years is paying off in better student writing results. Kudos to our elementary teachers and students!
The WKCE is also the measure by which Adequate Yearly Progress is measured for No Child Left Behind. For the past three years, the Hudson School District has met this requirement in every category. An increasing number of Wisconsin schools and districts are finding it difficult to meet this standard as it rises every third year.
The MAP test is administered to students in grades 3–9 in reading and math. Unlike the WKCE, this test shows growth and can be compared from test to test. It also compares student learning growth to national averages. The good news is that Hudson students top the national average in all subjects and at all grade levels!
The community can be proud of the quality of learning our students are receiving in Hudson. With that being said, the district wants to challenge students and staff to reach even higher. In comparing Hudson to other high-performing districts in the state, we know that more of our students can learn skills to perform at higher levels. With the continued support of the Board of Education, staff, parents and the community, we are moving our students and graduates closer to our district vision where all students will be prepared for post-secondary success.
We are challenging ourselves to keep Movin’ on Up!