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Wisconsin Forward Exam


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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 Educator Involvement Opportunity

Forward Exam Science Standard Setting for Grades 4 and 8. The purpose of the standard setting is to establish cut scores for the Wisconsin Forward Science Exam. The standard setting will focus on achievement standards for Science grades 4 and 8. We are looking for 10-12 participants per grade level. We are looking for a diverse group of educators from all over Wisconsin (including EL and special education teachers). Applicants must be familiar with the new Wisconsin Science Standards. For more information or to apply to participate go to the Forward Exam Educator Involvement web page.

Forward Exam Q&A Webinar March 13

DACs, SACs, and Technology Coordinators may participate in a Forward Exam Q&A webinar session with DRC and DPI staff on March 13. More information will be sent to DACs and DTCs to share with their school staff.  


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
(608) 266-5193

Phil Cranley

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

Duane Dorn

Test Security
(608) 267-1069


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