Reported in In latest report cards, most Wisconsin schools meet expectations, but urban and tiny rural schools struggle. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/13/2019)
Original 10/30/2019 post, "GET ME REWRITE: His Vosness, Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, too busy scoring political points to see the big picture", starts here.
Apparently, it's a national trend that dates back to when Scott Walker was first elected Governor of Wisconsin.
In fact, fourth and eighth grade reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress essentially haven't budged in 10 years. That's causing some alarm, considering the number of reforms aimed at American schools over the past decade: stronger academic standards, more tests, stricter teacher evaluations and laws that discourage schools from promoting third-graders if they can't read proficiently, to name a few.
"Reading has just been more or less plateauing, stagnating," said Peggy Carr, a leader of the assessments division for the National Center for Education Statistics, which administers the NAEP to a representative sample of students across the country every two years.