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Statewide Testing Results Steady; Achievement Gaps Remain

From the Department of Public Instruction (DPI): “Statewide results held steady on the Forward, ACT Plus Writing, and Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessments administered during the 2016-17 school year. These exams, part of the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), are the statewide assessments for the more than 453,000 public and private choice school students enrolled in grades three through eight and grade 11.

“Participation was up by 5,713 students statewide from the prior school year, and rates improved slightly for public schools with 98.4 percent of students taking the assessments. Choice schools had a participation rate of 93.1 percent. Results for choice students showed some fluctuations across the Forward and ACT assessments, though none were significantly different from the prior year. Overall, public school results across the WSAS were steady. Continue reading Statewide Testing Results Steady; Achievement Gaps Remain

A Deeper Dive into the State’s Draft ESSA Accountability Plan

This is the first in a series of posts looking at the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and how the state’s draft accountability plan attempts to meet those requirements.ESSA Plan Template

Purpose—The primary purpose of the accountability system the state must develop in response to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is to appropriately identify schools with performance issues for comprehensive and targeted support and improvement efforts as required under ESSA. Continue reading A Deeper Dive into the State’s Draft ESSA Accountability Plan

42% Score Proficient or Better on New State Assessment

testingResults from last spring’s testing of 382,836 public and private choice (voucher) students in grades three through eight on the new online Forward Exam were announced today. The results provide the latest snapshot of how Wisconsin students are performing in core content areas statewide. Continue reading 42% Score Proficient or Better on New State Assessment

DPI Selects New Statewide Assessment to Replace Badger Exam

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