OEA Publications and Other Resources

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Restrictions on Use or Reproduction of these Publications


WKCE Student/Parent Pre-Test Brochure (2013-14 version)

Hmong Translation (2013-14 version)

 

Spanish Translation (2013-14 version)

Albanian Translation (2013-14 version)

This brochure answers common questions asked by students and parents about the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam (WKCE). It outlines the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) and the WKCE, explains its purpose, describes what scores will be provided, and how they will be used. It also identifies who will be tested and when, what the test looks like, and when it is available for school and district review.

wkce pre-test guide

WAA-SwD Student/Parent Pre-Test Brochure (2013-14 version)

Spanish Translation (2013-14 version)

Hmong Translation (2013-14 version)

This brochure answers common questions asked by students and parents about the Wisconsin Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities (WAA-SwD). It outlines the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) and the WAA, explains its purpose, describes what scores will be provided, and how they will be used. It also identifies who will be tested and when, what the test looks like, and when it is available for school and district review.
waa-swd pre-test guide

Test Security Manual

Test Security Manual

This document describes general principles and operational standards for various types of assessments, including standardized multiple-choice tests. Topics include: test security, testing conditions, and post-test activities and procedures.




Directions for Test Administration Grade 3 (2013-14 version)
Directions for Test Administration Grade 4 (2013-14 version)
Directions for Test Administration Grade 5 (2013-14 version)
Directions for Test Administration Grades 6-8 (2013-14 version)
Directions for Test Administration Grade 10 (2013-14 version)


The Directions for Test Administration will help you administer the WKCE test in a uniform manner that is essential for the integrity of this testing program. Following the instructions exactly ensures similar testing conditions in all classrooms. Test directions to be read to students, found in the "Administering the WKCE test" portion of this document, must be read exactly as written.
Directions for Test Administration



Spanish versions of Directions for Test Administration
Directions for Test Administration Grade 3 (2013-14 Spanish version)
Directions for Test Administration Grade 4 (2013-14 Spanish version)
Directions for Test Administration Grade 5 (20131-14 Spanish version)
Directions for Test Administration Grades 6-8 (2013-14 Spanish version)
Directions for Test Administration Grade 10 (2013-14 Spanish version)


The Spanish verison of the Directions for Test Administration contains instructions read to students for the WKCE test. Test directions to be read to students must be read exactly as written.
Directions for Test Administration



Hmong versions of Directions for Test Administration
Directions for Test Administration Grade 3 (2013-14 Hmong version)
Directions for Test Administration Grade 4 (2013-14 Hmong version)
Directions for Test Administration Grade 5 (2013-14 Hmong version)
Directions for Test Administration Grades 6-8 (2013-14 Hmong version)
Directions for Test Administration Grade 10 (2013-14 Hmong version)


The Hmong verison of the Directions for Test Administration contains instructions read to students for the WKCE test. Test directions to be read to students must be read exactly as written.
Directions for Test Administration

The Directions for Test Administration for the WAA-SwD This document is designed to help you administer the Wisconsin Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities (WAA-SwD) in a uniform manner essential for the integrity of this testing program. Following the instructions laid out in this manual ensures similar testing conditions for all students with disabilities. (2013-14 Version)

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 WKCE materials, data collection forms, and DPI test participation guidelines.
 
DAC Guide



Administrator's Interpretive Guide
(2013-14 version)
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.
 



Writing Assessment Released Item Book
(9-25-07)

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has developed a customized writing assessment that was administered at grades 4, 8, and 10 for the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination. This Writing Assessment Released Item Book contains a description of the WKCE writing assessment, scoring rubrics, samples of student writing and a discussion of how each essay was scored.

 Writing Assessment Released Item Book


 parent's guide to standards and assessment



Parent's Guide to Standards and Assessment

The following publication is a product of the State Superintendent's Parent Advisory Council.

How Well Is Your Child Learning? What Parents Should Know About Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards and Tests



Wisconsin Oral Communication Assessment Educator's Guide - Optional Supplemental Assessment of student's oral communication skills in 4th and 8th Grade.
 



Wisconsin Model Academic Standards

Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards set high goals and expectations for all students. Written by Wisconsin educators, parents, and other community representatives, they specify what we believe all students should know and be able to do by the end of grades 4, 8, and 12. Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards reflect the collective values of our citizens and are intended to prepare our young people for opportunities that exist in Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.



wkce alignment study


CTB/McGraw-Hill Research Report
An Investigation of Score Comparability on the
Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations (WKCE) and TerraNova Tests
 

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 wkce educator's guide

WKCE Educator's Guide - Elementary School (3-5)

WKCE Educator's Guide - Middle School (6-8)

WKCE Educator's Guide - High School (10)

This document provides educators with information regarding the reading and mathematics portions of the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations for grades three through five. It is intended to serve as a resource for teachers and administrators, describing the development, format, content, and scoring of the WKCE.

 


Use or Reproduction of these Publications

The publications listed above were developed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction under a contract with CTB/McGraw-Hill expressly for use by Wisconsin educators and/or citizens. These publications may be downloaded, printed, and distributed for educational purposes only within the state of Wisconsin. Other use or reproduction of these publications, in whole or in part, requires written approval of CTB/McGraw-Hill, 20 Ryan Ranch Road, Monterey, California 93940-5703.


WKCE Technical Documentation

The technical documentation in this section is designed to provide an overview of the steps taken to develop and validate the WKCE. The Standard Setting Reports provide an overview of the steps taken to establish the cut scores for the examination. Standard setting studies are typically only done when a major revision or restructuring of the examination is completed. The Field Test Technical Report provides an overview of the pilot testing steps that were taken. The Alignment Reports identify the degree to which educational expectations and the examination are in agreement. Alignment studies are typically conducted every few years with the results of these studies laying the foundation for future item development activities. The technical manuals provide an analysis of the entire examination program and the work that was completed during the previous year. Technical manuals are written on a yearly basis and incorporate the test development decisions that have been implemented as a result of the alignment studies, technical advisory committee recommendations, and staff input.


 


 


 


WAA-SwD Technical Documentation

The technical documentation in this section is designed to provide an overview of the steps taken to develop and validate the WAA-SwD. The Standard Setting Report provides an overview of the steps taken to establish the cut scores for the examination. Standard setting studies are typically only done when a major revision or restructuring of the examination is completed. The Alignment Reports identify the degree to which educational expectations and the examination are in agreement. Alignment studies are typically conducted every few years with the results of these studies laying the foundation for future item development activities. The Technical Manual provides an analysis of the entire examination program and the work that was completed during the previous year. Technical manuals are written on a yearly basis and incorporate the test development decisions that have been implemented as a result of the alignment studies, technical advisory committee recommendations, and staff input.


Internet Resources

There are many education sites on the Internet; the links below include information about standards, assessments and accountability as well as other related topics of interest.

Standards

Assessment

Accountability

Miscellaneous

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