Measuring the Achievement Gap
WKCE Exams - All Students
Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations (WKCE) scores from 2007 clearly show an achievement gap and the need for focused efforts to eliminate it.
While a high percentage of white students from all grades combined scored at a level considered either proficient or advanced in both reading and math, students of other cultures lagged.
2008 ACT test results in Wisconsin show students of different cultures enter college on uneven educational ground, leaving many of them unprepared for the challenges of higher learning and entering the workforce.
And while Wisconsin students of color performed better overall than the national average for their cultural grouping, Wisconsin’s Asian students fell below the national average for their cultural group.
As these numbers show, the achievement gap is substantial, and such an educational divide threatens to have long-term consequences for individuals, their families and our nation.
Until no gaps in achievement remain between students of color and their peers, many of Wisconsin’s students will be ill prepared to achieve their greatest potential as adults.