Dear Editor: Governor Walker’s school figures don’t add up.

His campaign website states that 33 percent of Wisconsin fourth-graders “cannot read at even a basic level.” I thought this sounded incorrect so I looked it up. The statistics are easily available at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website.

I’m not a statistician but I do have a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and I found the following: For the most recent school year listed, 2004-2005, the reading comprehension test results for third-graders showed 41.3 percent of students tested at the advanced level, 46.1 percent proficient and 7.8 percent basic. This comes to a total of 95.2 percent of third-graders testing at basic or above.

So how could so many fourth-graders not be able to read at a basic level? Our governor clearly has a problem with math.

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Clare Weege

Madison