JANESVILLE

Elementary students in the Janesville School District outscored state test score averages in all categories.

The results are more mixed for middle school and high school.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released the test results for the Wisconsin Forward Exam and the ACT plus writing. The tests are part of each district’s “report card.”

“We continue to see positive gains in our state assessments,” Allison DeGraaf, director of learning and innovation, said in a news release.

The scores have improved over the years, but the district is still behind state averages in some areas.

The Wisconsin Forward Exam places students in four categories: below basic, basic, proficient and advanced. The test is designed to gauge how well students are doing in relation to the Wisconsin Academic Standards, according to a news release from Janesville School District. The standards are based on what students should know to be ready for college or a career.

For Janesville students, findings from the Wisconsin Forward Exam include:

  • Grades three through five were above the state average for percentage of students who were proficient or advanced in English language arts and math.

The scores in math for grades three to five ranged from 50 percent to 57 percent proficient or advanced.

  • Grades six to eight were below the state average for percentage of students proficient or advanced in math. Local students’ scores ranged from 28 percent to 43 percent proficient or advanced.
  • Grades six and seven were above the state average in English language arts, with scores ranging from 46 percent to 50 percent. The eighth graders were below the state average with 40 percent of students proficient or advanced.
  • Grades four and eight also had to take a science exam. Overall, 61 percent of Janesville’s fourth-grade students were proficient or advanced in science, well above the state average of 52 percent. Among eighth grade students, 49 percent were proficient or advanced, 1 percentage point above the state average.
  • Grades four, eight and 10 had to take a social studies exam. Among fourth-grade students, 64 percent had scores that were proficient or advanced; 50 percent of eighth grade students scored proficient or advanced and 44 percent of tenth-grade students scored proficient or advanced.

The eighth-grade and 10th-grade percentages proficient or advanced were below the state average.

  • In reading and math, the school district continues to close the “achievement gap.” African-American, Hispanic, English language learners and economically disadvantaged students scored an average of 7.5 points above the state scores, according to the news release.
  • Almost all the grades improved over last year’s scores.

Also released Wednesday were the ACT results for last year’s juniors. Earlier this month, the state released the ACT scores for last year’s graduating seniors who might have taken the test more than once in their high school careers.

Each year Janesville’s juniors have taken the test, their scores have improved or remained steady.

Highlights of ACT results include:

  • The school district average score was 19.3, which is up from the past two years but still lower that the state’s average of 20.2. The highest score possible on the ACT is a 36.
  • The district’s average scores in English, reading and science have steadily increased over the last three years.

Only the math score dropped slightly. Last year’s score was 19.3, and this year’s was 19.

  • Juniors at Rock University High School, one of the district’s charter schools, beat the state averages by one or two points in all categories.

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