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Assessment in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Student Assessment System

The Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) is a comprehensive statewide program designed to provide information about what students know in core academic areas and whether they can apply what they know. The WSAS includes:

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires all states to test all students in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics in grades 3-8 and once in high school. ESSA also requires students be assessed in Science once each grade span (3-6, 7-9, and 10-12 grades). Student performance on these assessments is reported in proficiency categories and used for accountability determination at the school, district and state levels. Wisconsin State statute also requires students to take grade 9 and 10 assessments as well as the social studies test. These tests together create the Wisconsin Student Assessment System.

Test Participation

With the test window opening next week, we want to share an important reminder on test participation. As outlined in Deputy State Superintendent Mike Thompson’s recent letter, DPI considers test participation both an ethical issue as well as critical pathway to educational equity. We encourage you to share this important reminder within your district.

A New Balance: Wisconsin's Strategic Assessment Systems

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In Wisconsin, more than simply balancing the types of assessments to provide a variety of data, educators recognize the need to strategically choose high quality assessment tools and practices, and then coherently and purposefully use that information to directly impact student achievement. Click here to learn more about Strategic Assessment Systems in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin State Assessment Timelines

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Other Wisconsin Assessments

Assessment for ELLs

Federal and state laws require that students identified as English Learners (ELs) be assessed annually to determine their level of English language proficiency (ELP) and ensure that they are progressing in achieving full English proficiency. This includes students who receive special education services. Most ELs will take the ACCESS for ELLs assessment annually. ELs recognized under the individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA; 2004) as having a significant cognitive disability and who are expected to participate in the Wisconsin Alternate Assessment are eligible to take the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs in place of the ACCESS for ELLs®.

Assessment for Reading Readiness

Wis. Stats. 118.016 requires each pupil enrolled in 4-year-old kindergarten to 2nd grade in a school district or in a charter school to be annually assessed for reading readiness. Each school board and the operator of each charter school shall select the appropriate, valid, and reliable assessment of literacy fundamentals to be used. The school board or operator shall ensure that the assessment evaluates whether a pupil possesses phonemic awareness and letter sound knowledge.

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

NAEP is a survey assessment; each year a sample of schools are selected to participate.  It provides results at the state and national level and produces the Nation's Report Card. Districts that receive Title 1 funds agree to have schools participate, if selected, in Main/State NAEP in grades 4 and 8 reading and mathematics.


Calendar

 

The 2016-17 Vendor Based Reporting Timelines

A a one-page overview of the 2016-17 spring testing reports available from vendors is available under Wisconsin State Assessment Timelines above. 

The 2017-18 test administration windows

A printable version of the 2017-18 test administration windows is available under Wisconsin State Assessment Timelines above. For an assessment specific calendar with additional detail see each assessment's individual calendar web page.

 

Quick Contacts

Jennifer Cox Bell 

High School Assessments
The ACT, ACT Aspire Early High School, ACT WorkKeys
(608) 267-7268
 

Alison O'Hara

Forward Exam Program Manager
(608) 266-5182
 

Jennifer Teasdale

Education Program Specialist
Assessment and Webpage
(608) 266-5193
 

Mike Peacy

Special Populations
WAA-SwD/DLM
(608) 267-1288
 

Jesse Roberts

Assessment for ELLs
W-APT, ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs
(608) 267-5153
 

Phil Cranley

Data and Student Demographics and Privacy
(608) 266-9798
 

Duane Dorn

Test Security and Assessment for Reading Readiness
(608) 267-1069
 

Angela Dugas

NAEP and International Assessments
(608) 267-2273

 

 

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