2015-16 Important Update 

DPI is moving ahead with new assessments beginning in the 2015-16 school year. We are in the process of reviewing Proposals for an ELA & Mathematics Assessment for Grades 3-8 and Science Assessment for Grades 4, 8, & 10, and also separate Proposals for a Social Studies assessment in grades 4, 8, and 10. As a result we will no longer be requiring the administration of the fall WKCE and WAA-SwD. More details concerning these new assessments will be forthcoming as the process develops.

Overview of WKCE

The Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE) is customized to measure the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards (WMAS) and is developed and designed by the Department of Public Instruction and Wisconsin educators in conjunction with CTB/McGraw-Hill. This standardized test is composed of some items specifically designed for Wisconsin and some commercially developed questions used in schools across the country. Students in grades 4, 8, and 10 take tests in Science, and Social Studies. WKCE is administered to all students enrolled in grades 4, 8, and 10 in Wisconsin public schools during the fall of each school year.

Purpose of the WKCE

The WKCE provides information about student attainment of subject-area proficiency to students, parents, and teachers, and information to support curriculum and instructional planning. The WKCE is designed to meet the requirements of NCLB accountability goals and Wisconsin Statutes.

Grade Advancement

Beginning September 1, 2002, WKCE scores are used as one of several criteria for advancing students from fourth to fifth grade and from eighth to ninth grade. The other criteria are academic performance, teacher recommendations based on academic performance, and any other academic criteria specified by the local school board.



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Viji Somasundaram
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Jennifer Teasdale
Education Program Specialist
Kristen Burton
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Audrey Lesondak
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Phil Cranley
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Duane Dorn
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