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In Wisconsin, students are assessed using the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE). These assessments are designed to monitor the progress of students throughout their education to ensure that student learning is aligned to the expectations in the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards (WMAS), the framework for the state’s curriculum. All states are required to assess students in Reading and Mathematics in grades 3-8 and once in high school; in Wisconsin these requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act are accomplished through these assessments.
The Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE) covers the content laid out by the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards. In Reading and Language Arts, students in grades 3-8 and 10 are tested in comprehension, analysis and evaluation of reading and in vocabulary development. In Math, students are required to show proficiency in mathematical processes, numbers, geometry, measurement, statistics/probability, and algebra. These questions are covered at levels appropriate to each grade.
Students in grades 4, 8 and 10 taking the Science portion of the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination will be assessed in the nature of science and scientific inquiry, physical science, earth and space science, life and environmental science, and issues in science and society. For students at the same grade levels, the Social Studies assessment is designed to cover geography, history, politics/civics, and economic and sociological factors.