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Hamilton leads county on most Forward Exam scores

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Hamilton School District students scored well on the 2022-23 Wisconsin Forward Exam, topping the statewide average by 24 – 28 percentage points and outperforming most Waukesha County school districts in most subject areas.

  • Hamilton’s science score of 73.5% was 24.3 percentage points higher than the state average of 49.2%.
  • In social studies, 77% of Hamilton students were proficient or advanced – 24.8 percentage points higher than the state average of 52.2%.
  • The mathematics score was 69.1% for Hamilton and 41.1% statewide, topping the state average by 28 percentage points.
  • Some 67% of Hamilton students were proficient or advanced in English language arts compared to 39.2% at the state level, putting Hamilton 27.8 percentage points above the average in Wisconsin.

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

“What we are seeing in these results is the focus and hard work of students and educators who produce the educational outcomes our community has come to expect,” said Hamilton School District Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D.

“We have high standards for rigorous instruction that are designed to assist 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 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.