Badger Exam 3-8 : Wisconsin's Smarter Balanced Assessment

The Badger Exam 3-8 is Wisconsin's Smarter Balanced Assessment. In 2010, Wisconsin elected to join the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of the two national consortia that were formed to help establish a series of “next generation assessments” to measure students’ career and college readiness.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college- and career-readiness. Smarter Balanced is one of two multistate consortia awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop an assessment system aligned to the College and Career Ready Standards by the 2014-15 school year.

The components of the Smarter Balanced Assessment include:

The summative assessment will be administered during the last 8 weeks of the school year (measuring students’ cumulative progress from the past school year). Smarter summative assessments are administered in English Language Arts (ELA)  and Mathematics for grades 3-8.The ELA summative assessment will consist of Section 1 which includes a variety of selected response, constructed response, and technology enhanced items. The mathematics summative assessment will consist of two parts: Section 1 which includes a variety of selected response, constructed response, and technology enhanced items; and Section 2 a performance task (PT). The summative assessment will:

  • Accurately describe both student achievement and growth of student learning as part of program evaluation and school, district, and state accountability systems;
  • Provide valid, reliable, and fair measures of students’ progress toward, and attainment of, the knowledge and skills required to be college- and career-ready; and
  • Provide an efficient and precise measurement of achievement, and quick turnaround of results.

A secure, online reporting system that provides assessment results to students, parents, teachers, and administrators. The reports generated will show student achievement and progress toward mastery of the Common Core State Standards.


What's New

Reporting Updates

The Badger Exam results are embargoed until September-October 2015. Please do not share the Badger Exam results publicly until an embargo date is established. All DACs will be notified of the DPI press release date when it is finalized.

Please send the students’ Individual Profile Reports (IPRs)to parents as soon as possible once they are available for your district in TOMS.  The IPRs should not be held until the Badger Exam press release.  Information about how to print the IPRs from TOMS is available in the TOMS Reporting Suite User Manual and Interpretive Guide which can be found at  The embargo pertains only to schools and districts sharing summary test results with the public.

The IPR PDFs will become available in TOMS in July in the TOMS reporting suite, as scoring is completed for all students in individual districts. Please do not print the performance reports that are available in TOMS by clicking each student name in your district. This is not the IPR. There is a picture of a sample IPR designed for parents / guardians on page 38 of the Reporting Manual. (Please make sure all staff working with the data are aware of this.)

A sample IPR parent cover letter and a Badger Exam results informational handout for families is available on the Badger Exam Resources webpage

Quick Contacts

Badger Exam Helpdesk
(844) 711-6493


Viji Somasundaram
Assessment Program Coordinator
Jennifer Teasdale
Education Program Specialist
Audrey Lesondak
Assessment for ELLs
Phil Cranley
Data, Student Demographics and Privacy Issues
Duane Dorn
Test Security



Smarter Website


For questions about this information, contact