Forward Exam Frequently Asked Questions
What is it?
The Wisconsin Forward
Exam is the state-mandated test that replaces the WKCE and the Badger Exam. It
consists of subtests in English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social
Studies. The Wisconsin Forward Exam asks
students questions that are aligned with our State of Wisconsin standards.
Why is this assessment given?
This is a
state-mandated test that satisfies both state and federal requirements for
testing. The Wisconsin Forward Exam replaces the WKCE and, more recently, the
Badger Exam. The Forward Exam will be a spring assessment instead of the fall,
which was when the WKCE was given.
Who takes this assessment?
The Forward Exam is given at...
3-8 in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics,
- grades 4
and 8 in Science, and
- grades 4,
8, and 10 in Social Studies.
How is the test given?
The Forward Exam is a
computer-based test for all the sections.
When is the test given?
district testing window will occur during the month of April.
Students will not test on all days during the testing window. Students will only test on certain days in
the testing window and will only take certain sections on any given day. Academic instruction will continue during the
How can your child prepare?
make sure your child has his/her earbuds or head phones as they are required
for testing. Consistent attendance and
sleep are important for the testing weeks. We will be working with your
child to make up the any tests that are missed due to his/her absence during
the testing week. Thank you for your
How will results be shared?
Student results will
be shared with families as soon as they are available. As this is the initial
year for the test, the state will be involved with setting “proficiency levels”
before student results are released. The district is unlikely to see anything
before the middle of August 2016. Results can be expected, based on current
information, to be delivered to families in September 2016.
How does this assessment reflect my child’s performance?
As with any assessment, this is only one measure of your student’s
academic performance. It is only through multiple assessments (for
example, teacher developed assessments or district assessments) that we are
able to develop a clearer picture of your student’s current level.
More Information directly from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction: