This week, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released the results of statewide student assessments taken during the 2014-15 school year.
Students in 3rd through 8th grade took either the Badger exam, the beleaguered state standardized test given for the first and last time last spring, or the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) exam, an alternative assessment given to students with severe cognitive disabilities
Results showed that 51.2 percent of public school students in grades 3-8 were proficient or advanced in English language arts and 43.7 percent were proficient or advanced in math, according to the DPI.
Comparisons with the previous Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exams (WKCE) are not advised because of significant differences between the two tests, DPI said. Continue reading Statewide Student Assessment Results Released
Wisconsin is one step closer to implementing its third statewide student assessment in three years for students in grades 3 through 8 with the announcement today that a new test vendor has been selected through a competitive process.
The new Wisconsin Forward Exam from Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), a Minnesota-based testing company with a Wisconsin office, is expected to be shorter and less costly than the Badger Exam that students took this spring for the first and last time. It will be administered online and, according to DPI, Wisconsin educators will be involved in test item development and review over the course of the contract.
Contingent on successful contract negotiations, state students will take the Wisconsin Forward Exam in spring 2016. The exam will test students in English language arts and mathematics in grades three through eight and science in grades four, eight, and 10. High school students in grades nine through 11 will continue to take the ACT assessments. Continue reading DPI Selects New Statewide Assessment to Replace Badger Exam
The JFC budget approves the governor’s recommendation to prohibit the state superintendent from adopting or approving examinations developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Badger Exam) and prohibits the state from participating in the Smarter Balanced Consortium. The budget continues to fund implementation of the Dynamic Learning assessment system and the American College Testing (ACT) suite of tests. The ACT tests are administered to students in the 9th, 10th and 11th grades.
The budget version adopted by the JFC also eliminates the requirement that schools administer the ninth grade examination in the fall session (schools are still required to administer the ninth grade examination in the spring session).
In addition, the JFC budget bill would require that any assessment adopted and approved by the State Superintendent to replace the Badger Exam must meet the following criteria: Continue reading JFC Budget: Pupil Assessment Provisions
Gov. Scott Walker has signed a Republican-authored bill (Senate Bill 67) that ensures student scores on the statewide “Badger Exam” all publicly-funded students in grades 3 through 8 are taking this spring won’t be used in evaluating teachers or put on report cards measuring school performance.
The roll-out of the Badger Exam–which was known as the SmarterBalanced Assessment before it was renamed by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI)– is aligned with the Common Core academic standards. The test was beset by implementation problems and higher than anticipated costs. generating widespread criticism from parents, school districts, state policymakers and the governor. Continue reading Gov. Walker Signs “Data Delay” Bill Into Law
The state Assembly today unanimously passed a bill (Senate Bill 67) that would ensure that scores on the statewide Badger Exam given to public school children this spring aren’t used against teachers or put on report cards measuring school performance. The bill has already passed the state senate and now heads to Governor Walker. Continue reading Assembly Passes Data Delay/Pause Bill; Heads to Governor
The state is soliciting proposals for a new 3rd-8th grade state assessment to replace the current Badger Exam, the Common Core State Standards-aligned exam that Wisconsin students took for the first time this spring. Proposals are due May 27.
The move is being made in response to Gov. Scott Walker’s 2015-17 budget proposal that would prohibit the State Superintendent from adopting the Smarter Balanced assessment currently in use for students in grades 3 thorough 8, beginning in the 2015-16 school year. That assessment was renamed the Badger Test by the DPI.
Continue reading State Seeking New State Assessment to Replace Badger Exam