WKCE Historical Data and Results

State and Local Proficiency Summaries

1997-98 thru 2001-02

State, district and school proficiency summary are available for downloading from this Web page. These are the most complete versions of the WKCE proficiency data available to the public. WKCE local proficiency data file/display options provided at the DPI Website were created using the the data contained in these tab-delimited files. Writing scores and percentile ranks are also available in the proficiency data files for 2001-02 and earlier.

The tab-delimited files are in one zipped self-extracting file for each year. Each self-extracting file is approximately 2 MB.

After downloading, double-click on the file. The zipped file will automatically unzip creating a separate file(s) for the tested grades: grade 4, grade 8, and grade 10. Each grade level file or files is very large because there are over 2,000 public schools and over 400 school districts in Wisconsin. Results by race/ethnicity and other student groups within each school and district are included. Unzipped file sizes range from 2 MB to 10 MB. The more recent files are larger than earlier files because they contain more fields (i.e., more data about each school/district and student group). Grade 4 files tend to be the larger than grade 10 files because there are more elementary schools than high schools.

Due to the number of rows in each file, you will need to select software that can handle up 40,000 rows of data. More recent versions of Excel and Access, for example, can handle files of this size, but older versions cannot.

Historical Proficiency Data Downloads
2001-02 data / See layout
2000-01 data / See layout
1999-00 data / See layout
1998-99 data / See layout
1997-98 data / See layout
  • 60 Second Graphs - Create your own state progress graphs to show longitudinal comparison of proficiency data (1998-2002) by:
    Student Group

* Caution: Proficiency data for 2001-02 and earlier years are NOT comparable to proficiency data for 2002-03 and later years. See related question and answer document.

Disaggregated State Proficiency Summary Reports - These reports provide percents of students enrolled statewide who scored in each of the proficiency categories. Results are provided for all students enrolled and are sorted by gender, race, and other student groups.(75K, Excel 5.0/95 format)

Grade 4
Grade 8
Grade 10

Proficiency Score Standards:

Reading 1997-2002
Mathematics 1997-2002
Science 1997-2002
Language Arts 1997-98, 1998-02
Writing 1997-2002
Social Studies 1997-2002
TerraNova 1997



Wisconsin Proficiency Score Standards Setting Final Summary Report (1997)






Preformatted Excel Proficiency Data Downloads - These Excel files may be easier to use because they have column headings that are relatively self-explanatory and are formatted so that they may be printed or viewed on the screen. Extensive formatting causes these grade-level files to be much larger than the tab-delimited files so they may be divided by student group into separate files.


1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-2001

Do you want more user friendly column headings? An Excel 97 file is available that includes these headings for the 2001-02 data files and for earlier years. You can copy the data rows from the tab delimited files into the rows below column headings in the Excel file.

Do you want to join two files using district or school codes but there are numeric codes without leading 0's in one file and alpha codes with leading 0's in another? Follow these steps

Percentages for the nationwide sample are based on the number of students tested. Percent "Not Tested" is unavailable for this group. Beginning in 2002-03, Wisconsin has used a combination of off-the-shelf national test items and customized test items to improve alignment between the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations (WKCE) and Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards. This change was required by the No Child Left Behind Act. Since customized items are not nationally normed, beginning in 2002-03 national sample proficiency data are not available.

Demographic data contained in these files are the data reported by school districts and were not audited by the testing contractor or the Department of Public Instruction. In order to reduce the data collection burden, default demographic codes were used when student data were hand-gridded if the vast majority of students statewide were in a specific demographic category. For example, districts were only required to hand-grid data for "students with disabilities." All students not marked as students with disabilities were automatically coded "nondisabled." No default codes were used for race/ethnicity. Missing race/ethnicity codes were reported as "missing."

Writing Score Frequency Distribution by Student Group: (Grades 4, 8, and 10)

For more complete information about these exam results go to:

Test Results from 1993-94 through 1996-97


  • Download State, District, and School Summaries

  • View 1995-96/1996-97 Linking Tables - Wisconsin changed testing contractors in 1996-97. Linking Tables are provided so that 1996-97 results can be compared to 1995-96 results. Since the 1996-97 school year, the WKCE tests at grades four, eight, and ten have been provided CTB McGraw-Hill of Monterey, California. From the 1993-94 school year through the 1995-96 school year these tests were giving only at grades eight and ten and were provided by The Psychological Corporation of San Antonio, Texas.


Helpful Information:

  • Administrator's Interpretive Guide
    The Administrator's Interpretive Guide is designed to help school and district staff understand, explain, and use the results of the WKCE by providing a brief overview of the tests, the types of scores, and the reports included.
  • Excel User Tips


For additional information about this information contact either Lynette Russell at lynette.russell@dpi.wi.gov or phone (608) 267-1072, or Viji Somasundaram at visalakshi.somasundaram@dpi.wi.gov or phone 608-267-7268.


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