Students in Milwaukee Public Schools outperformed their counterparts in voucher schools under new higher standards implemented by the state Wisconsin Department of Public
Instruction, according to new figures released this week. But the overall
proficiency results show that, on the whole, MPS and voucher schools have
much more work to do.
MPS students on the whole – including students with disabilities –
outperformed students in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program
(MPCP/voucher schools) by more than four percentage points in reading and
approximately eight percentage points in math on the most recent state
test results according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
“All sectors of schools in Milwaukee – traditional, charter and
voucher – are in need of improvement,” MPS Superintendent Gregory
Thornton said. “Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to continuing to
improve through the significant reforms we’ve put in place.”
District reforms include replacing scattered the previous curricula with
the new Comprehensive Literacy Plan and Comprehensive Math Science Plan,
both aligned to the rigorous Common Core State Standards.
Other reforms include increasing the use of data to improve student
achievement; increased use of a strong model to identify and grow
excellent teaching; improvements to tutoring that include highly-qualified
teachers and more tutoring hours; and the 10 new MPS GE Foundation
Demonstration Schools that will develop innovate ways to improve student
achievement – ways that can be replicated elsewhere in the district.
The new proficiency figures were released as the state of Wisconsin moves
toward a higher standard for success on state standardized tests aligned
to the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP).
The new figures are significantly lower than proficiency under the
previous WKCE standard. Under the new tougher standard, overall reading
proficiency was 9.9% in the MPCP, 14% in MPS and 35.8% statewide; overall
math proficiency was 12% in the MPCP, 19.7% in MPS and 48.1% statewide.
About Milwaukee Public Schools
Milwaukee Public Schools is Wisconsin’s largest school district, serving
nearly 80,000 students in more than 160 schools across the city. U.S. News
and World Report named MPS’ Rufus King International School and Ronald
Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School the two best high schools in
the state and among the 200 best in the country in 2012. In the past year,
Milwaukee Public Schools posted a growing graduation rate 17 points higher
than the rate for 2000.
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