The Department of Public Instruction requires the Forward Exam for grades 3-8 and 10 (Social Studies only). This page provides families with information about the exam.
Forward 2020-21 District Test Window: March 22 - May 14, 2021
This test can only be given in a face-to-face environment.
As the test window approaches, a letter will be shared with schools to send to families. The following letter is as sample:
English Family Letter (pdf)
Carta a las familias (pdf)
lus hmoob Family Letter (pdf)
Family information on the Wisconsin Forward Exam in English (pdf) from DPI.
Family information on the Wisconsin Forward Exam en Español (pdf) from DPI.
Family information on the Wisconsin Forward Exam lus hmoob (pdf) from DPI.
Learn more about appropriate changes to support all learners:
>This Supports and Accommodations document (pdf) provides specific information regarding accommodations and supports for Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners.
2021 Forward Exam Accessibility and Supports Guide (pdf)
A graphic (pdf) showing Universal access tools, Designated support tools, and Accommodations for the Forward Exam. Even though the graphic says "2017", there have been no changes since then.
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.
Learn more about the Wisconsin Forward test and how MMSD schools are doing at the DPI's WISEDash website:
Wisconsin's WISEDash public data system.
Learn about WISEDash with the A-Z support site.
More about WISEDash: FAQ site.
Learn more about the Wisconsin Forward test in the following document:
Wisconsin Forward Exam in English (pdf)
Wisconsin Forward Exam en Español (pdf)
Wisconsin Forward Exam lus hmoob (pdf)
How to read the student reports that families receive.
DPI's "What is an Individual Student Report (ISR)?" document (pdf)
DPI's "¿Qué es un Informe Individual del Alumno (Individual Student Report, ISR)?" documento (pdf)
Individual Student Report text en Español (pdf)
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.
See this document for both proficiency band table and definitions of each proficiency band. (pdf)