Information for New District Assessment Coordinators (DACs)

As a DAC, your main priorities are to communicate appropriate testing procedures for all required assessments throughout your district, to train staff on appropriate testing procedures, and ensure these procedures are followed and to help schools understand their test results. We understand that many DACs wear more than one hat in their districts. We are porviding these resources to help you share within your district the details involved in conducting these responsibilities. For a monthly overview of responsibilies go DAC responsibilities. For more detailed calendar go to the Assessment and Accountability calendar.

DACs must establish good communication and work closely with the ELL Coordinator, Special Education Director, NAEP Coordinator, and WSLS/ISES Administrator in your district.

For a detailed list of roles and responsibilities please see the District Assessment Coordinator (DAC) Guide.

wkce dac/sac guide

Guide for District Assessment Coordinators and School Assessment Coordinators
(2013-14 version)

The Assessment Coordinator Guide contains relevant test dates and deadlines, responsibilities of test coodinators, an overview of WSAS materials, data collection forms, and DPI test participation guidelines.

To help you in your new role as a DAC, there are recorded Trainings. Some of these trainings may be utilized to communicate appropriate testing procedures to district and school staff.

DAC Corner
In the upper right hand corner of all OEA webpages is the DAC Corner. In this area you will find information that DAC's will need throughout the year, such as, how to update your contact information, find trainings, read archived correspondence sent to all DACs or newsletters, and forms needed. Also available in the DAC corner is the "What's New" page which keeps you updated on all upcoming events and any changes to the assessment programs. The DAC Corner also contains a link called Quick Contacts which gives you quick access to CTB/McGraw-Hill's Help desk, OEA Staff, and the Wisconsin Student Locator System.

Test Security
DACs are responsible for ensuring the importance of test security and related procedures are understood and maintained. This includes confidentiallity agreement forms, making sure no part of the test is copied, modified, and/or altered. Ensuring that test materials are locked in a secure location at all times before, during, and after testing. Test security breaches must be reported to DPI and may result in invalidation of test results.

Test security must also be maintained during data retreats. Anyone involved with access to test materials must sign the confidentiallity agreement form. It is the DAC's responsibility to ensure all participants understand test security and that test items may not be copied, modified and/or altered at any time.

For more complete information on test security you may view the Test Security Training or refer to the Policy Manual in the DAC Guide.

For additional information about OSA's role in ensuring the validity of test results, please see the Test Security Webpage.

Wisconsin Student Locator System (WSLS)
DACs should make sure all student demographic information is current in the WSLS. This information is used to creat pre-ID labels for use during and after testing. Inaccurate or outdated information may result in confusing and inaccurate pre-ID labels, erroneous WSAS Reports, and/or invalid accountability determinations. District Assessment Coordinators and District WSLS/ISES administrators should work together to accomplish this task. For more information about updating WSLS go to

Record Editing System (RES)
RES provides districts with a final opportunity to correct student demographic data errors prior to the production of score reports and accountability determinations.

Online Reporting System (ORS)
The secure, password-protected site that the Office of Educational Accountability uses to provide districts and schools with Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) test results. To receive a password for Turnleaf (ORS) please contact Phil Cranley at 608-266-9798 or For more information about ORS you may view the ORS webcast training or review the Administrators Interperative Guide below.

Administrator's Interpretive Guide
The Administrator's Interpretive Guide is designed to help school and district staff understand, explain, and use the results of the WKCE by providing a brief overview of the tests, the types of scores, and the reports included.
 Administrator Interpretive Guide

Dissemination and Use of Test Results
As the DAC you are responsible for ensuring Individual Proformance Reports are sent to the students home within 30 days of receipt. It is important to note that student confidentiallity must be maintained when handling these reports. The Administrator's Interpretive Guide is desgined to help school and district staff understand, explain, and use the results of the WKCE.

School and District Accountability

Wisconsin’s new accountability system includes all schools receiving public school funds. This includes Title I schools, non-Title I schools; district, non-district, and non-instrumentality charter schools; and private schools participating in the state Parental Choice Programs.


Beginning in 2011‐12, a comprehensive accountability index has replaced the ESEA Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) system. The index approach uses multiple measures and classifies schools along a continuum of performance.

There is more information available about Accountability Reform in Wisconsin.

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