Wisconsin Student Assessment System


Wisconsin Student Assessment System

The Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) is a comprehensive statewide program designed to provide information about what students know in core academic areas and whether they can apply what they know. The WSAS includes:

  • The Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE) at grades 4, 8, and10 in Science and Social Studies,
  • The Wisconsin Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities (WAA-SwD) at grades 4, 8, and10 in Science and Social Studies,
  • The Smarter Balanced Assessment (Smarter) in grades 3-8 n English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics,
  • Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) at grades 3-11 in ELA and Mathematics,
  • ACT Aspire at grades 9 & 10, and
  • The ACT at grade 11 for ELA and Mathematics, Science, and Writing.
  • ACT WorkKeys at grade 11

The federal No Child Left Behind Act required all states to test all students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and once in high school. Student performance on these assessments is reported in proficiency categories and used for accountability determination at the school, district and state levels.

Helpful Links:

Parent's Guide to New Assessments in Wisconsin
http://www.pta.org/files/PTA Wisconsin Assessment Guide.pdf

PALS Information for Families
http://oea.dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/oea/pdf/PALS Brochure Final.pdf

WAA-SwD Wisconsin Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities
http://oea.dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/oea/pdf/WAA brochure Final.pdf

Parent Information Brochure for Badger 3-8
http://oea.dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/oea/pdf/Badger brochure_ families.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions about Badger 3-8 Exam

ACCESS for ELL's Information for Families
http://oea.dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/oea/pdf/ACCESS Brochure final.pdf

ACT High School Assessments Information for Families?
http://oea.dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/oea/pdf/ACT brochure Final.pdf