Local districts help disadvantaged students keep pace
WKCE results show districts fare better than state, on average
The three area school districts do considerably better than schools statewide in making sure economically disadvantaged students are able to keep up.
In reading for example, nearly one out of three economically disadvantaged students statewide is falling behind grade level, according to Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam results. But in Greenfield, it's nearly one out of five, in West Allis-West Milwaukee, it's a little better than that and in Whitnall it's nearly one out of six.
Even though the Whitnall schools have the fewest economically disadvantaged students, they do the best job of all three area school districts of keeping them from falling behind, the WKCE results show.
And perhaps surprisingly, West Allis-West Milwaukee, which has to put up with the perception by some that it lags academically, did the second best job in reading and math. About half its enrollment consists of students who are economically disadvantaged, according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
The Greenfield schools do the second best job with economically disadvantaged students in science and language arts, which includes spelling and grammar.
The WKCE measures how well schools keep all children at least proficient for their grade levels. The goal of every district is to have 100 percent proficient or above, but extremely few achieve that - none in the four-county Milwaukee metro area in all five subjects the WKCE tests.
Although the percentages are relatively small locally, they still represent children who are falling behind.
Even at Whitnall, the 17 percent of students who are behind in reading translates to 40 children spread across seven grades. In West Allis-West Milwaukee, where the percentage is barely higher at 19 percent basic or minimal, that represents 401 children, or 57 per grade. In Greenfield's 21.7 percent behind in reading is 153 students or 21 per grade.
A wider look at WKCE scores
Rank for Greenfield, Whitnall and West Allis-West Milwaukee in Milwaukee County with 17 elementary districts and 15 offering high school
|Greenfield||Whitnall||West Allis-West Milwaukee|
|Third||Tied for ninth||12th||Tied for third||sixth||Tied for ninth||seventh|
|Fourth||12th||Tied for 14th||Tied for second||third||11th||Tied for eighth|
|Fifth||Tied for 10th||Tied for ninth||first||third||Tied for eighth||Tied for ninth|
|Sixth||15th||12th||Tied for fifth||sixth||ninth||11th|
|Seventh||Tied for 10th||Tied for 12th||fourth||Tied for seventh||ninth||10th|
|Eighth||15th||Tied for 10th||Tied for seventh||Tied for seventh||10th||13th|
|10th||ninth||Tied for 10th||eighth||Tied for 10th||13th||13th|
|How Economically Disadvantaged Students Did on WKCE|
|Percentage of students not proficient with scores of minimal or basic|
|West Allis-West Milwaukee||50||19||38||24||35|
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