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.
The 2019-20 Accessibility Guide is now available on the Forward Accommodations and Supports webpage. Please ensure ALL staff are made aware of and view the Accessibility Guide for the upcoming 2020 test administration.
The 2019-20 version of the Forward Exam Information for Families Brochure is now available on the Forward Exam Resources webpage.
Forward Exam Program Manager
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Data, Student Demographics, and Privacy Issues