History and Development of the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE)

  • History of the WKCE - The story of how the WKCE came to be. (1975-present)
  • Development of the WKCE - Description of each step in the cycle of the development of the WKCE.
  • 2003 Standard Setting - The establishment of proficiency-level cut scores in 2003 for the Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies sections of the WKCE for grades 4, 8, and 10, was done using the Bookmark Standard Setting Procedure (BSSP).
  • Wisconsin Reading and Comprehension Test - Wisconsin public schools assessed third-graders' reading comprehension each spring from 1989 to 2005 using the Wisconsin Reading Comprehension Test (WRCT, called the Third Grade Reading Test from 1989 to 1995). Since the fall of 2005 third graders have been assessed in reading and mathematics with the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations (WKCE) as part of a comprehensive state assessment and accountability system required under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.



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