Recent years have seen a decrease in English Language Arts (ELA) and math scores on state exams. In 2016-17, 35.1% of eighth graders in Brown County scored proficient or above in math, a decrease from 40.1% the previous year. This is down further from 49.6% in 2013-14 and 53.5% in 2010-2011. The state as a whole showed a similar trend, although Brown County scores were almost identical to the state this year after being consistently higher since 2005-06.
Brown County third graders scoring proficient or above in ELA was also down 42.4% this year from 44.1% in 2015-16. This is a further decrease from 53.6% in 2014-15 after a dramatic increase from 33.4% in 2013-14. As has mostly been the case since at least 2005-06 the state and BC numbers have been quite consistent (42.8% to 42.4% in 2016-17 respectively).
An important note to make is that the state test has changed twice in recent years. The WKCE until 2013-14, it became the Badger exam in 2014-15, before becoming the Forward exam for the last two years. Any decreases may have more to do with how scores are now calculated versus a change in student skill or knowledge. Until more years of Forward Exam data are available it will be difficult to say if this is a continuing trend and what may be causing it.
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