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 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

Braille Technology for the Badger Exam

The Wisconsin Center for Visually Impaired will be facilitating the braille technology for administration of Badger Exam for the students needing braille tests. Please contact Mandy Jordan at WCBVI ( coordinate the Badger Exam braille testing.

DAC Guide now available on the Resources Page

Badge Exam Face-To-Face Pre-Test Workshop 

DPI and ETS will host a series of face-to-face trainings to prepare districts for administering the Badger Exam the week of February 23. There will be one session each day held from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at five different locations across the state.

  •  Monday, February 23, 2015 - Turtle Lake
  • Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – La Crosse
  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015 – Wausau/Rothschild
  • Thursday, February 26, 2015 – Green Bay
  • Friday, February 27, 2015 – Madison

The training includes information and demonstration of the following topics:

  • Test preparation
  • Testing schedules
  • Test policies and administration features
  • Creating test sessions and test tickets
  • Appeals system
  • Test security
  • Badger Exam resources and supports
  • Key dates and tasks for preparing for the assessment.

Who should attend the face-to-face trainings:

  • District: Two staff are permitted to participate (DAC and a staff in charge of technology readiness and student data uploads), and
  • CESA: One staff permitted from each CESA.

After February 27, a recorded version of the presentation will be made available on the DPI Badger Exam 3-8 web page for additional interested staff and for district/school training purposes. Please register by Friday, February 13. Also note that walk-ins are not accepted due to the space limitation. 

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


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