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
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