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Wisconsin Forward Exam


During the 2015-16 school year, Wisconsin rolled out a new assessment called the Wisconsin Forward Exam. The Exam is designed to gauge how well students are doing in relation to the Wisconsin Academic Standards.  These standards outline what students should know and be able to do in order to be college and career ready. The Forward Exam is administered online in the spring of each school year at:

  • grades 3-8 in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics,
  • grades 4 and 8 in Science and,
  • grades 4, 8, and 10 in Social Studies.

Accommodations and supports for students with disabilities and/or English language learners are built into the system so that the progress of students can be accurately measured.

The Forward Exam is a high quality, research-based, and affordable assessment that meets Wisconsin’s expectations. It is a customized assessment with innovative item types that includes test items reviewed and approved by Wisconsin educators.

What's New

The statewide press release for Spring 2016 ACT, Forward Exam, and DLM is scheduled for Tuesday, October 18. Performance data from these assessments will be available in the WISEdash public portal on this date. 

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

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