WKCE: Wisconsin Writing Assessment

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has developed a customized writing assessment that will be administered at grades 4, 8, and 10 for the first time in the fall of 2002 as part of the enhanced Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination.

This customized writing assessment includes rubrics based on the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards in English Language Arts as well as writing prompts developed, reviewed, and field-tested in Wisconsin.

In the writing portion of the WKCE, students plan, write, and edit a composition on a specific topic (prompt) within a specified time frame. The time limit (30 minutes) of the test has been established to allow for planning time. Pages within the test booklet are also reserved for planning. (See sample test pages below.) Students' essays are scored using two holistic rubrics which takes into account both the composition and the conventions of the student response. Scorers use anchor and training papers written by Wisconsin students under standardized testing conditions to guide the scoring process. These exemplar papers take into account the draft and impromptu nature of the writing situation.

The writing prompts that may be used on the WKCE include the following purposes and modes: expressive writing (narrative or descriptive); informative or expository writing; persuasive writing.

Wisconsin Writing Rubrics

Each student's writing sample at grades 4, 8, and 10 is scored using two holistic rubrics: a 6-point composing rubric that measures students ability to write purposeful, focused, organized prose directed clearly and effectively to an audience, and a 3-point conventions rubric that measures students ability to control the conventions of standard written English appropriate to grade level.

The maximum number of score points that can be earned on the WKCE writing prompt administered at grades 4, 8, and 10 is nine (six points for composition and three points for conventions.) For grade 10 only, the points that a student obtains on the writing sample are a part of his/her Language Arts score. For grades 4 and 8, writing score points are recorded separately from the Language Arts score.

Grade specific writing rubrics:
6 Point Composing Rubric Grade 4           3 Point Conventions Rubric Grade 4
6 Point Composing Rubric Grade 8 3 Point Conventions Rubric Grade 8
6 Point Composing Rubric Grade 10 3 Point Conventions Rubric Grade 10




For questions about this information, contact osamail@dpi.wi.gov