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Big Foot tests higher than state average on WKCE


Hinske sees room for improvement



REPORT CARD Reading - 86.6 Math - 78.4 Language Arts 76.9 Science 79.9 Social Studies 87.3

WHAT DO THE SCORES MEAN? Students who take the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concept Exam receive scores of either advanced, proficient, basic or minimal. Advanced: Demonstrates in-depth understanding. Proficient: Demonstrates competency in the academic knowledge. Basic: Demonstrates some academic knowledge. Minimal Performance: Demonstrates very limited academic knowledge and skills.
August 04, 2010 | 08:55 AM
Walworth —More than three-fourths of Big Foot High School sophomores received advanced or proficient scores in all tested subjects on the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concept Exam.

In all five tested subjects, the students scored higher than the state-wide average.

"I'm very pleased with the progress," Big Foot Principal Mike Hinske said. "However, there is always room for improvement."

Every November, students in third- through eighth- and tenth-grades are tested in reading and mathematics. Students in fourth-, eighth- and tenth-grades are tested in language arts, science and social studies.

Students receive scores of either advance, proficient, basic or minimal performance to describe their understanding of each subject.

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Students who receive advance or proficient scores demonstrate either an in-depth understanding or a competency of the material tested.

The federal No Child Left Behind act required all schools to test proficiency in math and reading.

Big Foot Principal Mike Hinske said he was glad to see more than 75 percent of the students receive advance or proficient scores.

n In reading, 86.6 percent of students received advance or proficient scores. The state average is 77.9.

n In math, 78.4 percent of students received advance or proficient scores. The state average is 71.4.

n In language arts, 76.9 percent of students received advance or proficient scores. The state average is 70.1.

n In science, 79.9 percent of students received advance or proficient scores. The state average is 73.4.

n In social studies, 87.3 percent of students received advance or proficient scores. The state average is 76.4.

Hinske said he was pleased with the reading scores, which he said is a foundation for other subjects.

"That was nice to see. It is always concerning to me," he said. "It's key to help drive other scores."

This year's scores are higher than the scores from last year.

However, last year, Hinske and District Administrator Dorothy Kaufmann said the Class of 2011 was struggling academically and they weren't surprised by the results.

In 2009, in math, 80.5 percent of students received advance or proficient scores.

In all other subjects less than 80 percent of students received those scores.

Although the school tested above state averages, Hinske said an interim goal is to have 80 percent of the students receive advance or proficient scores.

"Of course, you would like to see every child reach that standard," he said.

WKCE scores are one piece of the puzzle Big Foot administrators look at when it reviews its curriculum, Hinske said.

Other assessment tools also are used.

Currently, every department in the school is creating a set of standards, which students should possess before they advance.

"What do we want kids to know when they walk out of the building?" Hinske asked. "It is necessary for every department to work on identifying the alignment of standards for every course we are teaching."

Hinske said if students can't meet certain benchmarks they shouldn't advance to the next course.

When students advance without the essential skills, they're being set up for future failure, Hinske said.

"In the long-run this will benefit us tremendously on those tests," he said.

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