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.
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.
- Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Science - Includes general guidelines to which the WKCE is algined. View or print on-line version | Order printed standards publication
- Assessment Frameworks for Science - Provides an indication of the range of coverage on the science portion of the WCKE administered statewide in Wisconsin.PDF Format
- Science Blueprint - MS Word Format
- Blueprint for Science - Outlines the number and types of items on the WKCE. It also specifies the difficulty of the questions, the percentage of multiple-choice or written-response items, and outlines how the emphasis on various skills differs from grade to grade.
- Performance Level Descriptors and Scale Score Ranges for Science
- Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Social Studies - Includes general guidelines to which the WKCE is algined. View or print on-line version | Order printed standards publication
- Blueprint for Social Studies - Outlines the number and types of items on the WKCE. It also specifies the difficulty of the questions, the percentage of multiple-choice or written-response items, and outlines how the emphasis on various skills differs from grade to grade.
- Performance Level Descriptors and Scale Score Ranges for Social Studies
- WKCE Test Administration Timing 2014
- WKCE Translation Accommodation
- WKCE Percentile Tables for Science and Social Studies for Fall 2005-Present
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.
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