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Wisconsin Forward Exam

Forward and DLM test windows will not open as scheduled due to statewide school closures directed by Governor Evers and the Department of Health Services.  


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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

Forward Exam Q&A Webinar on March 11, 2020
DPI and DRC will hold a final Forward Exam Q&A Webinar on March 11. DACs, SACs, and Technology Coordinators participate in a Forward Exam Q&A webinar session with DRC and DPI staff. Information about how to join will be sent out closer to the webinar.

Forward Resources Now Available
Forward Exam manuals and trainings are now available on the Forward Exam resources webpage.


Quick Contacts

DRC Help Desk

Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(800) 459-6530 

Forward Exam Program Manager
(608) 266-5182

Jennifer Teasdale

Education Program Specialist

Forward Exam
(608) 266-5193

Phil Cranley

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

Duane Dorn

Test Security
(608) 267-1069