Governor signs bill to keep Badger Exam off school reports


May 21, 2015

MADISON Gov. Scott Walker has signed a Republican-authored bill that would ensure scores on the statewide Badger Exam public school children are taking this spring aren't used against teachers or put on report cards measuring school performance.

The Badger Exam was best with a host of problems that generated widespread criticism from parents, school districts, state policymakers and the governor. Since the test is tied to the more rigorous Common Core academic standards, scores were expected to be lower than they had been in the past. The test also has been beset with implementation problems.

The bill Walker signed Wednesday would result in there being no school report card in the fall, but the test results would still be reported to the state Department of Public Instruction.