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Students score better on math, reading achievement tests

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Reading and math scores were generally up from a year ago in the statewide achievement tests given to Wisconsin public school students. However, minority students kept lagging behind. Because of that, only 49-percent of students scored in the two highest categories -- proficient and advanced -- in math. 37-percent were proficient or advanced in reading.

Results are being announced today for the final Knowledge and Concepts' Exams that have been given on a yearly basis since 1992. Those tests will be replaced by other yearly exams, and tests that will measure progress much more often during the school year. The exams are aligned with the state's Common Core standards, and Superintendent Tony Evers says they should help close racial-and-ethnic achievement gaps and prepare students better for college and careers.

Evers says the achievement gaps are too large. He appointed a task force to examine that problem. The group will hold its first meeting tomorrow.

Meanwhile, test results will be released later today for youngsters in tax-funded voucher schools. Also, the Department of Public Instruction plans to release district-by-district test results today at its Web site.