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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What's New

2014-15 WKCE Testing Window

The 2014-15 WKCE Testing window is October 27-November 7.  Testing may NOT begin before the start of the testing window and may NOT extend beyond the closing of the testing window. All testing for both the WKCE must be completed within these posted dates. No testing is allowed before or after the official testing window.

The 2014-15 Testing window has been shortened to two weeks. This is due to testing only three grades (4, 8, and 10) and two content areas (Science and Social Studies).  Districts must plan to adjust WKCE test schedules accordingly.


WKCE Proctor and Test Administration Trainings now available at http://oea.dpi.wi.gov/assessment/WKCE/trainings


WKCE Pre-Test Workshop is now available online for viewing at your convenience. The workshop is available on the OSA website at http://oea.dpi.wi.gov/assessment/WKCE/trainings


For Braille or Large Print versions of the WKCE District 
Assessment Coordinators need to contact the CTB helpdesk.


Quick Contacts

 CTB/McGrawHill Helpdesk

DPI Contacts:
Viji Somasundaram
Assessment Program Coordinator
Jennifer Teasdale
Education Program Specialist
Kristen Burton
Special Populations
Audrey Lesondak
Assessment for ELLs
Phil Cranley
Data and Student Demographics
Duane Dorn
Test Security
For questions about this information, contact osamail@dpi.wi.gov