Wauwatosa (Wisc.) District Wraps its Head Around a New Scoring Rubric

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

The school testing world will become more confusing before it gets clearer. Students who took the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Evaluation last fall have received their scores in recent days and many of them have found that their performances had plummeted.

They may have answered more questions right than they did last year, but the state has changed scoring standards, and many may have found that their rating dropped from "advanced" to "proficient," or "proficient" to "basic."

Using a new rubric to better measure what it calls "college and career readiness," the state Department of Public Instruction changed the "cut scores" - the scores that divide students into performance levels - to better match national standards.

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