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State numbers show Wisconsin students doing slightly worse in math, English

MADISON, Wis. - Overall student proficiency in English and math has gone down in the past year in Wisconsin, according to data released by the Department of Public Instruction on Thursday.

The 2018-2019 results of the Wisconsin Student Assessment System -- which includes the Forward Exam for third graders through eighth graders, the ACT Aspire exam for ninth and tenth graders, the ACT with writing exam for eleventh graders, and the Dynamic Learning Maps for students with significant cognitive disabilities -- show 39.3% of all students in the state scoring proficient or advanced in English Language Arts and 40.1% of all students scoring proficient or advanced in math.

Both numbers are down from 2017-2018, when 40.6% of students scored proficient or advanced in English Language Arts and 41.1% scored proficient or advanced in math.

Science proficiency results were not shared due to the assessment changing this year, meaning those results could not be compared to previous years.

According to state data, the Madison Metropolitan School District fell short of the state averages for English Language Arts and math in the Forward Exam. A total of 34.9% of MMSD's third through eighth graders scored proficient or advanced in English Language Arts in the exam, and 38.4% scored proficient or advanced in math.

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