Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, Racine Parental School Choice Program and Wisconsin Parental Choice Program Schools

School Choice Program Results

2014-15 School Year

For the 2014-15 school year, Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP), Racine Parental Choice Program (RPCP) and Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP) Schools will be required to administer to MPCP, RPCP, and WPCP pupils the following assessments:

  • WKCE Science and Social Studies in the fall of 2014 for grades 4, 8, and 10.
  • Smarter Balanced Assessment English Language Arts and Mathematics in spring of 2015 for grades 3-8.
  • The ACT suite of assessments for high school students. The ACT suite consists of ACT Aspire™ for the fall and spring of 9th grade and spring of 10th grade and the ACT® and ACT WorkKeys® in the spring of 11th grade. For information related to these assessments access the following links:

WKCE Administration Dates and Timeline

WKCE Science and Social Studies testing for students in grades 4, 8 and 10 for the 2014–15 school year takes place between October 27 and November 7, 2014. The total time required for the administration of the tests varies by grade and ranges from 1 hour and 20 minutes to 1 hour and 40 minutes. Testing may be spread out over more than one day. Schools set their own testing schedules. If a student is absent during testing, it is important that a makeup opportunity be scheduled.

WKCE timeline for MPCP, RPCP and WPCP testing



September 19, 2014

Deadline to order test materials.

Last day to fax or email your order with signed Confidentiality Agreements

Mid-October 2014

Your Test Materials begin shipping

October 27, 2014

Test Window Starts

November 5, 2014

Last Day to add on materials to your previous order - Call the Wisconsin Customer Service Team at 1-800-282-2203

November 7, 2014

Test Window Ends

November 7-12, 2014

Ensure all WKCE Braille and LP tests are transcribed into the scannable WKCE test books to be sent in for scoring

November 13, 2014

Last Day to Request Material Retrieval – Must use CTB/McGraw-Hill’s online retrieval process

February 11, 2015

Individual Profile Reports delivered

End of March 2014

Summary Reports released to public


Costs of the WKCE

The Department of Public Instruction is committed to paying for the cost of the WKCE test books, shipping these books to and from the test vendor, and for score reports that accompany test results only for students who are part of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, the Racine Parental Choice Program and the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program.

Each individual school is responsible for the cost of administering the assessment. This includes proctor costs and administrative overhead that accompanies preparing for the assessment. Schools that elect to have their non-MPCP, non-RPCP, and non-WPCP students test will be able to purchase the test materials on a per student basis. This cost will be $42.48 per student for the 2014-15 school year.

WKCE Ordering Information

MPCP, RPCP, and WPCP schools received order forms in late May of 2014. Completed order forms must be submitted to CTB/McGraw-Hill, the test vendor, by September 19, 2014. PLEASE NOTE: You must order a book for all voucher students in grades 4, 8 and 10. You will be required to submit a book for all voucher students in these tested grades, including students that are excused from testing by their parents or guardians and students who are absent during the test window.

If you need a new order form, contact the Wisconsin Program Customer Service Team at:  1-800-282-2203.

Your WKCE test order will include:

  • Publication of WKCE test materials
    • Test books
    • Test coordinator kits
    • Test administration manuals
  • Shipping and handling of test materials to the schools’ site
  • Pick-up service for the test materials
  • Scoring of the tests
  • Delivery of the scoring reports (including shipping and handling) as listed below.

WKCE Delivery: Test materials will be delivered bundled in packages of 5 or 25. Schools will not be charged for packaging overages received. Schools (and the Department) will be charged for the actual number of books ordered or scored, whichever is greater. All test materials, used or unused, must be returned to CTB using the online retrieval process.

WKCE Material Retrieval: Once your school has completed testing, you can access CTB/McGraw-Hill’s Online Transportation website to request retrieval of the material to be shipped back to CTB for processing and scoring. The web address for requesting retrieval of materials will be provided to you with the test administration kit, which will be mailed with the testing materials. We recommend saving the boxes used to ship the test materials to your school, so that you can use them for the return of the materials as well.

WKCE Reporting will include an Individual Profile Report which will be delivered on paper format.

WKCE Type of Scores to be Provided: The WKCE provides information about what students know and can do in relation to the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards. Students receive numerical scores based on their performance as well as being classified into performance levels. The performance levels were established by a panel of Wisconsin educators and citizens and consist of the following:

  • Advanced – Students at this level demonstrate a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of rigorous subject matter and provide sophisticated solutions to complex problems.
  • Proficient – Students at this level demonstrate a solid understanding of challenging subject matter and solve a wide variety of problems.
  • Basic – Students at this level demonstrate partial mastery of prerequisite knowledge and skills that are fundamental for proficient work.
  • Minimal Performance – Students at this level demonstrate limited knowledge and skills in the subject matter and limited ability to apply knowledge and skills effectively.

Excusal from Testing

It is expected that all students will complete the WKCE during the testing window. However, there may be situations where parents or guardians desire to excuse their child from testing. If a parent or guardian elects to excuse their child from testing, the school is required to maintain written documentation of the parent’s request and to honor that request by not requiring the student to complete the assessment. School personnel do not have the authority to excuse students from testing without parental approval.

It should be noted that school level reports will indicate the total number of students, the number of students that have completed testing and the number of students that have not been tested. By reporting participation in this manner, an accurate picture of school performance on the WKCE will be generated.

Model Academic Standards, Assessment Frameworks and Sample Questions

The Wisconsin Model Academic Standards provide a general overview of the curriculum that can be found on the WKCE. These standards have been established for grades 4, 8 and 12. A supplement to these standards is the Assessment Frameworks which provide a more detailed breakdown of the content to be covered for each grade of the assessment. Sample questions provide a guide for educators in determining the types of items that are on the exam.

Standards, assessment frameworks and sample questions can be found for science and social studies at:


Subject Areas Covered on the WKCE

The WKCE consists of the following subject areas, number of items, and total testing time:



Subject Areas

Number of Items

*Total Testing Time

Grade 4


40 selected response – 1 pt. each

40 minutes

Social Studies

38 selected response – 1 pt. each

40 minutes

Grade 8


40 selected response – 1 pt. each

40 minutes

Social Studies

40 selected response – 1 pt. each

40 minutes

Grade 10


50 selected response – 1 pt. each

50 minutes

Social Studies

50 selected response – 1 pt. each

50 minutes

*  Total testing time is the actual amount of time that students are given to complete the examinations. This does not include time spent preparing students for the exam (handing out test booklets, reading instructions, collecting materials, etc.).



The Department provides test security guidance and an assessment director guide to assist school staff in administering the assessment in a secure manner.

Test security materials can be accessed at:

The Guide for District Assessment Coordinators and School Assessment Coordinators provides instructions on how to administer the WKCE. This guide can be accessed at:

Accommodations for Disability and English as a Second Language

The Department of Public Instruction has developed an Assessment Accommodations Matrix to assist in identifying the appropriate accommodations to be provided for students with disabilities and for students where English is a second language. This matrix outlines the types of accommodations that are acceptable and those that are prohibited or require prior written approval from the Department. More detailed information about available accommodations can be found at:

WKCE Student Test Labels

In an effort to increase data accuracy, the Department will be providing student test labels that can be placed on the covers of the student test book rather than requiring students to bubble in all of their student information. These test labels will contain most of the demographic information (gender, birth date, race/ethnicity, etc) that is required but there will still be some fields that staff will need to bubble in. The instructional materials that you will receive with the test books will further clarify what additional fields will need to be bubbled in.

Department contact information

Any questions regarding the administration of the WKCE in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, the Racine Parental Choice Program or the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program schools should be addressed to:

Duane Dorn

Office of Student Assessment

WI Department of Public Instruction





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