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Wisconsin students making gains in math and reading

Students across Dairyland and the region are holding steady or showing some improvement in math and reading, according to a report released Tuesday by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

DPI released scores from the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts exams which were taken by students in the fall of 2006.

"We are on the right track," said Elizabeth Burnmaster, state superintendent

She said that despite increased poverty in the state DPI saw gains at nearly every grade level in mathematics and rising or stable scores for reading.

The percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced in reading and mathematics increased or held steady from the previous year for the "all student" group across all grades.

The scores showed that students in grades four through seven showed the greatest improvement in math

In the Hudson School District more than 50 percent of students in grades 3-8 scored advanced in reading. Meanwhile, just under 50 percent of students in grade 10 scored advanced in reading.

In math, just over 50 percent of students in grades 5 and 6 scored advanced.

River Falls' students in all grades 3-8 and 10 scored advanced in reading, while in math at least 80 percent of students scored proficient in math.

Results in the St. Croix Central District again showed more than 50 percent of tested students scoring advanced in reading with most tested grades having at least 70 percent of students proficient in math.

In the New Richmond District five out of the seven tested grades had less than 50 percent of students scoring advanced in reading. In math, all grades tested had at least 70 percent of students scoring proficient.

Like New Richmond, Ellsworth had less than 50 percent of the students in five out of seven of the tested grades scoring advanced in reading. In math, Ellsworth students did well, with 80 percent of student in all tested grades scoring proficient.

The scores for students in Prescott, Somerset and Spring Valley were similar to those in New Richmond. However, Spring Valley scores were slightly higher.

Results for all school districts are available online at

This is the third year of the testing and the were administered as part of the federal government's No Child Left Behind Act.

Nearly every student in the tested grades took exams in reading and mathematics, according to DPI.

However, students in grades four, eight, and 10 also took exams in language arts, science, and social studies, as required by state law.