General Information

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The Department of Public Instruction implemented a new state test for the 2015-16 school year. Replacing the Badger Exam and the WKCE, the Forward Exam will continue to be administered in 2016-17.

Wisconsin Forward Exam Logo

2017 Family Information from DPI:

Wisconsin Forward Exam brochure

Brief Description of Assessment:

Learn more about the Wisconsin Forward test in the following document:

Wisconsin Forward Exam Information

ELL and SwD Decisions:

Learn more about appropriate changes to support all learners:

Accommodations and Supports for Forward Exam

2017 Accommodations and supports Guide for the Forward Exam

WI Forward Exam accommodations graphic

  • A graphic (pdf) showing Universal access tools, Designated support tools, and Accommodations for the Forward Exam.
Using results to help your child:

You have received the most recent test results, so now what? How can you use them to help support your child? Below are some ideas:

Letters to families:

This is the letter sent to families with the results, in late August/early September 2016:

Wisconsin Forward Exam Family letter

What the student report says:

How to read the student reports that families receive.

DPI: What is an ISR?

ISR in Spanish

More about scores:
Test scores are placed into specific proficiency bands (or groups). These four bands are given names: Advanced, Proficient, Basic, and Below Basic. The scores within each band are different for each grade level.

Image of Proficiency Band information document

Practice/Preview information:

Screenshot image of the Forward Test demo site

  • Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) -- the test vendor -- has made available a basic, online demo of their assessment platform. Click on "Online Tool Training". This works best when using Chrome or Firefox browsers. It will not work in Explorer. This is designed to demonstrate features of the test, not specific question types for Wisconsin.

Assessment Administration:
  • Specific information regarding the Wisconsin Forward Exam test administration (requires MMSD Staff password)