Clinton students fall below state average

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008
— Administrators expect to soon present a plan to improve test scores in the district, Administrator Pam Kiefert said.

Kathryn Houseman, the districtís director of curriculum and instruction, Monday night presented other test results to the Clinton School Board showing that Clinton students are making adequate yearly progress in federal No Child Left Behind requirements.

But scores are lower than the state average in many cases.

Administration crunched numbers to compare Clintonís scores on the 2007-08 Knowledge and Concepts Criterion-Referenced Test to school districts across the state that spend a similar amount of money per pupil, including schools in the Rock Valley conference.

Students in grades three through eight and grade 10 took tests in reading and math. In the 14 categories, Clinton students scored below the state average in nine. The Sharon School District was the only other school in the Rock Valley Conference to fare as poorly.

The Clinton School Districtís sixth-, eighth-, and 10th-graders scored the lowest math scores among 17 schools on the core knowledge exam, according to Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction data.

Fontana, Palmyra-Eagle and Evansville students scored above the state average in every category in the conference.

On the list of 17 schools state-wide that Clinton compared itself to, only the North Fond du Lac district did worse with 10 scores below state average in the 14 categories.

Clinton students scored less than the state average in math in every grade but third, according to the data. Clinton eighth- and 10th-graders scored below state average in both reading and math.

Kiefert told The Janesville Gazette that parents should not be worried about the test scores.

ďI donít think itís worrisome,Ē Kiefert said. ďBut itís important to know the school district is looking to increase student achievement always. The administration is teamed with teachers, and the teachers will lead the charge.Ē

Administration will present to the board specific methods the district will use to improve test scores, Kiefert said. One example would be increasing internal assessments, she said.

The state tests are good measures of student achievement, but they are momentary snapshots, Kiefert said.

Regular internal assessments would paint a more accurate picture, she said.


Clinton School District test scores compared to state averages on the 2007-08 Knowledge and Concepts Criterion-Referenced Test, according to Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction data.

Third grade

Reading: Clinton: 87; State: 79

Math: Clinton: 81.2; State: 73

Fourth grade

Reading: Clinton: 78.5; State: 80

Math: Clinton: 60.8; State: 76

Fifth grade

Reading: Clinton: 85.1: State: 83

Math: Clinton: 68.9; State: 76

Sixth grade

Reading: Clinton: 86.6; State: 84

Math: Clinton: 64.6; State: 75

Seventh grade

Reading: Clinton: 84.4; State: 84

Math: Clinton: 70.8; State: 76

Eighth grade

Reading: Clinton: 79.6; State: 84

Math: Clinton: 68; State: 75

Tenth grade

Reading: Clinton: 61.5; State: 74

Math: Clinton: 62.5; State: 69

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