Wisconsin's New Assessments
Beginning next school year (2014-2015), Shorewood, as well as other school districts across the state, will be moving from the paper and pencil tests with multiple-choice questions to an online assessment system with computer-adaptive questions.
Computer adaptive tests adapt to the individual student. If a student answers an item incorrectly, the next question will be easier. If the student answers correctly, the next question will be more difficult. This is an important advancement in testing, and provides a much more precise measure of what students know. Shorewood, as well as districts across entire state, will be able to take advantage of this technology because it provides better information to teachers, parents and students themselves. The new assessments will also give teachers results in days, instead of months, allowing educators to customize instruction to meet different students’ needs.
- PALS: This test will be given to K4, senior kindergarten as well as first and second graders during the fall and spring. The Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) test provides a comprehensive assessment of young children’s knowledge of the important literacy fundamentals that are predictive of future reading successes.
- WKCE: Third through eighth graders will take science and social studies tests in the fall of 2014. The exam will test students’ general knowledge in these subject areas. (*This is not an adaptive test, but 2014 will be the last year the WKCE is given.)
- Smarter Balanced Assessment: Students in third through eighth grades will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment, which will test students in math, language arts and reading. The test will be given to the students for the first time during the spring of 2015.
- ACCESS for ELLs: Students enrolled in ELL (English Language Learner) classes will take this exam both in the fall and spring. It will measure their progress learning English.
- Dynamic Learning Map: This test is an alternative exam for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The test will allow these students to show what they know in ways that traditional exams cannot. The test will be given to students for the first time during the spring of 2015.
- ACT Suite: Beginning during the fall of 2014, ninth graders will take Aspire, an exam designed to test student’s knowledge of the subject matter they will encounter on the ACT. During the spring of 2015, 9th graders will take the test again, as will 10th graders. High school juniors will take the ACT/WorkKeys exam during the spring of 2015 as well. Both the ACT and WorkKeys are designed to help students prepare for life after high school.
Despite the changes, the number of days that Shorewood students will spend taking exams WILL NOT change from previous school years. Instead, testing days are simply being redistributed throughout the school year.
Thursday December, 19, 2013 at 02:30PM
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