Beginning in spring 2016, Wisconsin students in grades 3 through 8 will take the Forward Exam. The new custom assessment will be administered in English language arts and mathematics in grades 3 through 8, in science in grades 4 and 8, and in social studies in 4, 8, and 10.
ACT High School Assessments
- 9th grade students will take the ACT Aspire™ Early High School assessment in the Spring
- 10th grade students will take the ACT Aspire™ Early High School assessment in Spring
- 11th grade students will take The ACT® Plus Writing and the ACT® WorkKeys® Assessment System in the Spring
Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)
Wis. Stats 118.016(1) requires an early literacy screener to be administered to all 4 year old kindergarten through 2nd grade students enrolled in public school districts and charter schools. This assessment provides administrators, teachers, and parents with valuable information necessary to improve the reading skills of students. Results are used to identify reading problems early on and to inform instruction. The data from the screener is not part of the statewide accountability system.
Parent Opt Out
Wisconsin Statute 118.30(2)(b)3 states that a parent may excuse their child from participating in the WSAS at grades 4, 8, and 10. This request may come at any time during the testing window and must be honored. All student excused from testing by parent opt-out are counted as a “not tested” student for determining school and district accountability. A parent must submit a written request for student opt out to the principal.