Proficiency Descriptors and Scale Scores for Science

These performance level descriptions are intended to help parents, educators, and others understand what children who score at a given performance level on the WKCE are expected to know and be able to do at the time of testing. This information may be useful as one component of program planning and evaluation, but should be interpreted cautiously and in the context of other available information when applied to individual students.

Since 1997-98, Wisconsin has been using four proficiency categories: advanced, proficient, basic, and minimal performance. Proficiency score standards associate each of four scale score ranges with a specific proficiency category. Cut-scores divide scale scores into the four categories. The advanced and proficient levels are the long term educational goals for all students. Statewide standardized test scores are reported by proficiency category.

General Descriptions of the Proficiency Categories

  • Advanced: Demonstrates in-depth understanding of academic knowledge and skills tested on WKCE at that grade level.
  • Proficient: Demonstrates competency in the academic knowledge and skills tested on WKCE at that grade level.
  • Basic: Demonstrates some academic knowledge and skills tested on WKCE at that grade level.
  • Minimal Performance: Demonstrates very limited academic knowledge and skills tested on WKCE at that grade level.

 

SCIENCE

Minimal Performance

Basic

Proficient

Advanced

Fourth Grade

170-248

249-278

279-319

320-440

Eighth Grade

230-348

349-374

375-418

419-560

Tenth Grade

240-410

411-428

429-465

466-610

 

Detailed Descriptions of WKCE Proficiency Level Descriptors for Science

Grade 4 Grade 8 Grade 10

 

For questions about this information, contact osamail@dpi.wi.gov