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.

Wisconsin Forward

2021 Family Communications:

As the test window approaches, a letter will be shared with schools to send to families. The following letter is as sample:

Coming soon:

  • English Family Letter (pdf)

  • Carta a las familias (pdf)

  • lus hmoob Family Letter (pdf)

Wisconsin Forward Exam brochure

  • 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.

ELL and SwD Decisions:

Learn more about appropriate changes to support all learners:

Accommodations and Supports for Forward Exam

  • >This Supports and Accommodations document (pdf) provides specific information regarding accommodations and supports for Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners.

2021 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. Even though the graphic says "2017", there have been no changes since then.

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.

State Level Data:

Learn more about the Wisconsin Forward test and how MMSD schools are doing at the DPI's WISEDash website:

Wisconsin WISEDash System

Brief Description:

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

Wisconsin Forward Exam Information

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