Wisconsin Forward Exam

Wisconsin Forward Exam

An online assessment for Wisconsin students, developed with Wisconsin educators.

Moving Forward

Beginning in spring 2016, Wisconsin students will take the Forward Exam. The new custom assessment will be administered in English language arts and mathematics in grades 3 through 8, in science in grades 4 and 8, and in social studies in grades 4, 8, and 10. High school students in grades 9 through 11 will continue to take the ACT suite of exams.

The recently passed biennial budget (2015 Wisconsin Act 55), required the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to procure a new state assessment for the 2015-16 school year. The procurement process is run by the Department of Administration (DOA) on behalf of DPI.

A Local Vendor

Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), a Midwestern company with offices in Wisconsin, won a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process to develop, administer, and report results on the new Forward Assessment.

DRC offered a high quality, research-based, and affordable assessment that meets Wisconsin’s expectations in terms of quality, validity, and cost. The Forward Exam will be a custom assessment that includes test items developed and reviewed by Wisconsin educators.

DRC currently serves public, private, and charter schools in 13 states and has successfully transitioned numerous states to online testing via its DRC INSIGHT™ Online Learning System. They currently provide Wisconsin’s assessment for English language learners (ACCESS for ELLs) and are moving the exam online for the coming school year (ACCESS for ELLs 2.0). DRC also recently acquired key assets of the CTB assessment business from McGraw-Hill Education, including TerraNova®, LAS Links®, TABE® and the TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ high school equivalency assessment. 

Building on Success

The technology investment, readiness initiatives, and lessons learned from administering the Badger Exam have laid the groundwork for a successful administration of the Forward Exam in the coming year and beyond. The Forward Exam is expected to be shorter and cost less than the Badger Exam.

What's New

​Educator Involvement Opportunity!

DPI is still recruiting for Item Review.  For details and to apply go to the educator involvement webpage.

Quick Contacts

DRC Helpdesk

Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tahira Chaudary

Forward Exam Program Manager

Jennifer Teasdale

Education Program Specialist

Jesse Roberts

Assessment for ELLs
W-APT, ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs

Phil Cranley

Data, Student Demographics, and Privacy Issues

Duane Dorn

Test Security


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