All states have established standards for academic content across the grades. States are currently required to assess student knowledge for reading, math, and science. Wisconsin academic testing occurs in the fall for students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 10. The name of the assessment system in Wisconsin is the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS). This assessment system has two components; the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam (WKCE) for students who participate in the general curriculum and the Wisconsin Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities (WAA-SwD) for students with significant cognitive challenges who participate in a parallel curriculum.
The WKCE results are disaggregated by disability group, allowing for data regarding proficiency levels for reading, math, and science of students who are deaf or hard of hearing in this state to be documented.
The good news is that Wisconsin students who are deaf or hard of hearing are demonstrating proficiency levels along with their non-disabled peers at all grade levels. Our data challenges the "myth" that students who are deaf or hard of hearing read at a 3rd or 4th grade level at graduation. This has been a misrepresentation of achievement. Information on five years of WKCE data for students who are deaf or hard of hearing for reading and math in grades 3 though 8 and 10 is linked below.
Educational supports for language development and academic support, along with parent support, can be credited with this achievement. Students continue to need assistance in language development and reading competency, in order to continue demonstrating proficiency along with their grade-level peers at each grade level.