5.06 Math, Reading, and Science Proficiency

This page includes data from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) on proficiency in math, reading, and science. The Math, Reading, and Science proficiency rates are the percentage of all public school students in tested grades rated as proficient or advanced in grade-level mathematics, reading, and science, respectively, based on the annual Forward Exam.


Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Information System for Education Data Dashboard


The tested grades for both Math and Reading proficiency are Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10.

The tested grades for Science proficiency are Grades 4, 8, and 10 for years 2013-2015 and grades 4 and 8 for 2016 and beyond. County-level data are aggregated from data at the school district level based on the county assigned to each district by the National Center for Education Statistics.

It is important to note that the inclusion of recent years’ proficiency data incorporates different versions of the state test – WKCE, Badger, and Forward (hover over each chart for more detail). Since proficiency tests changed over the years, outcomes across years may not be directly comparable. The data show a jump in reading proficiency rates from 2014 to 2015 that coincides with the introduction of the Badger Exam and a decline in science proficiency rates from 2015 to 2016 following the transition from WKCE to the Forward exam. Direct comparisons between test results are not always reliable due to differences between the various exams.