Students Excel on Forward Exam

Students Excel on Forward Exam
Posted on 09/12/2019
This is the image for the news article titled Students Excel on Forward ExamThe Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has released Forward Exam results by proficiency level for schools in the state of Wisconsin. This was the fourth year of the online Forward Exam and the fifth year of the DLM, given to students with significant cognitive disabilities. The Forward and DLM assessments were administered in the spring of 2019, to 434,246 public school and 18,735 private choice school students enrolled in grades 3-8.

Statewide results showed slight decreases percentages of students scoring proficient/advanced in English language arts (39.3%) and mathematics (43.4%) scores while science scores (53.3%) were not included in this year's analysis because of a change in how students were tested in that subject. Social Studies scores also slightly dropped to 49%.

Swallow students excelled on the 2018-19 exam with high levels of performance across all subject areas. Celebrations based on this data include significant growth in students scoring proficient or advanced on the science test in both 4th and 8th grades, the only two grade levels where science is assessed. Fourth grade proficiency levels increased 7.4% to 87.8% scoring proficient/advanced and eighth grade proficiency levels increased 8% to 82.7% of students scoring proficient/advanced.

Scores also showed that 81.3% of Swallow students are proficient and advanced in mathematics, 70.8% proficient or advanced in ELA, and 83% proficient or advanced in Social Studies.

Superintendent Melissa Thompson explained, “While this is only one measure of individual student and school performance data, Swallow staff is pleased overall with results which continue to show that cohorts of Swallow students are growing over time. This data, coupled with classroom assessment data from teacher observation and student work samples, help ensure learning is personalized to each child's needs. For the District, this data helps us evaluate our programs and services to make sure that we continue to support the kind of knowledge and skills needed to be successful and future ready.”

To see an overview of Swallow data as compared to the state of Wisconsin, click HERE.

For more information from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, click HERE.

To compare district and school data across the state, click HERE.
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