OCONOMOWOC, WI – September 26, 2017. The Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires all states to test all students in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics in grades 3-8 and once in high school. ESSA also requires students be assessed in Science once each grade span (3-6, 7-9, and 10-12 grades). Student performance on these assessments is reported in proficiency categories and used for accountability determination at the school, district and state levels. Wisconsin State statute also requires students to take grade 9 and 10 assessments as well as the social studies test. These tests together create the Wisconsin Student Assessment System.
The Wisconsin Forward Exam is administered to satisfy federal education law and to gauge how well students are doing in relation to the Wisconsin Academic Standards. These standards outline what students should know and be able to do in order to be college and career ready. The Forward Exam is administered online in the spring of each school year at:
- grades 3-8 in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics,
- grades 4 and 8 in Science and,
- grades 4, 8, and 10 in Social Studies.
The Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessment is Wisconsin’s alternate assessment taken by students with significant cognitive disabilities. DLM is an online assessment administered individually to students. It allows students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills as they relate to the Wisconsin Essential Elements.
Superintendent Dr. Roger Rindo noted, “Because the Forward exam is relatively new to the State Assessment System it is not possible to look at longitudinal trends; however our performance over the past two years shows solid gains in Reading while holding steady and making gains in Math as well. We are particularly pleased with our performance at Summit, Ixonia, and Park Lawn where significant gains were made in both Reading and Math. As a District, we remain committed to continue working towards both high attainment and high annual growth for all of our students.”
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released exam results on September 27, 2017. OASD continues to exceed statewide proficiency rates in ELA (52.2% vs. 45.2%) and mathematics (55.2% vs. 43.5%). The OASD performance advantage is greatest in math (+11.7%).
OASD students also demonstrated higher proficiency rates on the state accountability exams compared to the previous school year.
Park Lawn Elementary (+43.6%), Ixonia Elementary (+37.3%), Summit Elementary (+16.2%) and Nature Hill Intermediate (+5.7%) showed the greatest combined change in ELA and Math proficiency rates.
Statewide school and district results can be found on the Wisconsin DPI’s data portal, called WISEdash. Click on the Academic Performance tab on http://wisedash.dpi.wi.gov.