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Hamilton posts top scores on Forward Exam

Hamilton School District students scored well on the 2020-21 Wisconsin Forward Exam, topping the statewide average by 26 – 33 percentage points and outperforming most Waukesha County school districts in all subject areas.

  • In mathematics, 66.7% of Hamilton students were proficient or advanced – 33.1 percentage points higher than the state average of 33.6%.
  • Hamilton’s science score of 73.5% was 28.8 percentage points higher than the state average of 44.7%.
  • Some 60.6% of Hamilton students were proficient or advanced in English language arts compared to 33.7% at the state level, putting Hamilton 26.9 percentage points above the average in Wisconsin.
  • The social studies score was 66.9% for Hamilton and 40.2% statewide, topping the state average by 26.7 percentage points.

Among Waukesha County’s 10 K-12 school districts, Hamilton was the top performer in science, and English language arts, and second highest in mathematics and social studies.

Hamilton School District Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., attributed the district’s impressive achievement results to the hard work of students and staff and support of families and the community.

“We have high standards for rigorous instruction that is designed for all students to succeed,” Mielke said. “A positive, caring school environment coupled with high expectations and involvement of parents and the community are key to our success.”

The district has initiated programs and practices that help its high-performing schools boost the achievement of all students, according to Mielke. They include emphasis on literacy skills, research-based teaching and learning strategies and targeted, systematic interventions for students who need them.

The Forward Exam tests Wisconsin students in English language arts and mathematics in grades three to eight; science in grades four and eight; and social studies in grades four, eight and 10. Educators note that the Forward Exam is one data point in a comprehensive assessment program that includes state, district and classroom assessments.