This page uses data from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to show 3rd grade reading proficiency rates in the Fox Cities Region by race and ethnicity. The Grade 3 reading proficiency rate is the percentage of all Grade 3 public school students rated as proficient or advanced in grade-level reading based on the annual Forward Exam.
In comparison to the aggregated data shown for each county on 5.04 (by socioeconomic status), this chart breaks down reading proficiency rates by race/ethnicity by combining data for each race from all 10 school districts (Appleton, Freedom, Hortonville, Kaukauna, Kimberly, Little Chute, Neenah, Menasha, Seymour, and Shiocton). It is important to note that the inclusion of recent years reading proficiency data incorporates different versions of the state test – WKCE (2013-2014), Badger (2015), and Forward (2016 and beyond).* As proficiency tests changed over the years, outcomes across years may not be directly comparable. The data show a jump in proficiency rates from 2014 to 2015 that coincides with the introduction of the Badger Exam. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) notes that comparisons between Badger and WKCE results are not possible because of significant differences between the two tests.
In addition, data for some races/ethnicities may be suppressed at the district level to protect the confidentiality of individuals. As a result, the values for the region may change dramatically from year to year.
*As reported in Wisconsin State Journal, January 2016: http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/state-releases-results-from-badger-exam-the-one-off-standardized/article_e20fe836-b11e-5886-b799-b9b5d72d4deb.html