Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS)
The Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) is a comprehensive statewide program designed to provide information about what students know in core academic areas and whether they can apply what they know. The Federal No Child Left Behind Act required all states to test all students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and once in high school. Student performance on these assessments is reported in proficiency categories and used for accountability determination at the school, district and state levels.
DPI is moving ahead with new assessments beginning in the 2015-16 school year. We are in the process of reviewing Proposals for an ELA & Mathematics Assessment for Grades 3-8 and Science Assessment for Grades 4, 8, & 10, and also separate Proposals for a Social Studies assessment in grades 4, 8, and 10. As a result we will no longer be requiring the administration of the fall WKCE and WAA-SwD. More details concerning these new assessments will be forthcoming as the process develops.
Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)
The Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) is a research based screening, diagnostic, and progress monitoring tool. Wisconsin teachers use PALS to identify students at risk of developing reading difficulties, diagnose students' knowledge of literacy fundamentals, monitor progress, and plan instruction that targets students' needs. Student data collected from PALS provides a direct means of matching literacy instruction to specific literacy needs. For more information, please visit WIsconsin DPI's PALS page.
ACT Aspire assesses student readiness in English, math, reading, science, and writing. ACT Aspire is an online assessment in Wisconsin except for students who require accommodations through Braille, Large Print or American Sign Language who will take ACT Aspire in a paper and pencil format. For more information, please visit Wisconsin DPI's ACT Aspire page.
ACT and ACT WorkKeys
he ACT Plus Writing consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science; and a 30-minute essay test that measures writing skills. ACT Plus Writing will be a paper and pencil test in Wisconsin for the 2015 administration. ACT WorkKeys is an applied skills assessment system that helps students compare their skills to the skills real jobs require. Wisconsin students will take three WorkKeys assessments: Locating Information, Reading for Information, and Applied Mathematics. ACT WorkKeys will be a paper and pencil test in Wisconsin for the 2015 administration. For more information, please visit Wisconsin DPI's ACT page.
ACCESS for ELLs
ACCESS for ELLs® stands for Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners and is designed to measure English language proficiency. It is a large-scale test that addresses the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium’s English Language Proficiency Standards that form the core of Wisconsin’s approach to instructing and testing English language learners. For more information, please visit Wisconsin DPI's ACCESS for ELLs page.