More than half of Madison School District students opted out of statewide assessments last school year, far more than the unusually high number of students statewide who opted out amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The high opt-out rate makes comparing the test results with those of previous years nearly impossible.
The results showed Madison having among the highest percentage of proficient or better students among Dane County schools, even though the district usually ranks near the bottom. That suggests the students who opted out disproportionately would have scored below proficient.
Roughly 1 in 6 students opted of the exam statewide during the 2020-21 school year, compared with an opt-out percentage below 3% in all test subjects during the 2018-19 school year.
Thanks in large part to teacher’s union-driven school closures, DPI’s data on student proficiency is all but useless. 55% of students in MPS opted out of testing, as did more than 13% statewide (in previous years, about 1% did). We now face 2 years in the dark on WI schools. pic.twitter.com/zJEu5whhfw
— Will Flanders (@WillFlandersWI) October 20, 2021
After a more thorough review of the data, it appears that Underly’s press release didn’t tell the full story. Her statement indicates that 32% of students are proficient in ELA, and 31% of students are proficient in math. This is misleading at best, deceptive at worst.
— MacIver Institute (@MacIverWisc) October 20, 2021
Notes and links:
2017: West High Reading Interventionist Teacher’s Remarks to the School Board on Madison’s Disastrous Reading Results
My Question to Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers on Teacher Mulligans and our Disastrous Reading Results
Booked, but can’t read (Madison): functional literacy, National citizenship and the new face of Dred Scott in the age of mass incarceration.