General Information

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The Department of Public Instruction requires the Forward Exam for grades 3-8 and 10 (Social Studies only).

Wisconsin Forward Exam Logo

2018 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

2018 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.
Letters to families:

The following letter will be sent with student results to families:

Wisconsin Forward Exam Family letter

  • English Family Letter (pdf)
  • Carta a las familias
  • lus hmoob Family Letter (pdf)
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, an online demo of their assessment platform. Click this "All Online Item Sample" link to use the site. 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)