The Appleton Area School District staff administer a variety of different assessments to its students in its pursuit of ensuring high-quality educational programming for each student. Each of these accountability measures provide valuable data that assist classroom teachers with making instructional decisions that maximize student learning.  When viewed collectively, the various assessment data provides a comprehensive picture of a student's achievement level.

A description of the various assessments follow:


Classroom-Based Assessments

These assessments provide ongoing and on-the-spot data for teachers on a minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, and day-by-day basis. The resulting data provides teachers with immediate information that assists with on-the-spot and long-term instructional decision-making.


District-Wide, Standards-Based Assessments

These assessments provide students with opportunities to show evidence of what they know and can do in relation to our district curricular standards; click on the following link to learn more about the purposes of the District-Wide, Standards-Based Assessments.


Teaching Strategies GOLD

GOLD is an observational assessment system for children designed to assess what young children know and can do, in relation to the widely held expectations for developmental progression of young children. Information is gathered as part of meaningful, everyday experiences in the classroom and provides valuable information to guide teacher planning and instruction. 


Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

These online mathematics, reading, and language usage assessments identify a student's instructional level and measure academic growth from year to year. These assessments provide students, parents, and teachers with valuable information to assist with improved teaching and learning. Click here to access a parent guide. For additional information visit the NWEA website.


Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs)

ACCESS is an English language proficiency assessment administered to K-12 ELL students in December-February. This assessment monitors a student's progress in acquiring academic English. For additional information visit the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website.


WI Forward Exam - ELA, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies Assessments

Statewide summative assessments for grades 3-8 and 10. This exam will assess English Language Arts and mathematics in grades 3-8; science in grades 4 and 8, and social studies in grades 4, 8 and 10. These assessments will be administered to students during the spring testing window, March 19th through May 4th. For additional information, visit the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website.


Dynamic Learning Map (DLM)

Dynamic Learning Map, an alternate assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities, will be administered in place of statewide standardized assessments as identified by students’ IEP teams. DLM maps a student's learning throughout the year using items and tasks embedded in day-to-day instruction. DLM will be administered in spring for students in grades 3-11. For additional information visit the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website.


ACT Aspire

ACT Aspire is an online early high school assessment that assesses student readiness in English, math, science, reading, and writing. Students in 9th and 10th grade will be assessed in spring. For additional information visit the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website.


ACT Plus Writing

ACT Plus Writing consists of an essay test that measures writing skills and four multiple-choice tests: English, Math, Reading, and Science. This test will be administered to 11th grade students in the spring. Additional information can be found on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website.


ACT WorkKeys

"ACT WorkKeys is an applied skills assessment system that helps students compare their skills to the skills real jobs require. Students will take three WorkKeys assessments: Locating information, Reading for Information, and Applied Mathematics." 11th grade students will take this assessment in the spring. For additional information visit the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website.


Civics Assessment

Beginning with the graduating class of 2016-17, a high school diploma may not be granted until all students have taken and passed, with a score of 60 or better, the assessment. Wisconsin Act 212 replaces the Budget’s universal treatment of the state civics exam requirements for special needs students with an individualized determination. Under the Act, a special needs student’s IEP will govern the civics exam requirements. The IEP team must determine the appropriateness of administering the state civics exam, as well as whether it is appropriate to require that the student pass the civics exam in order to graduate.


Wisconsin’s View of Strategic Assessment Practices

As we think more deeply about assessment practices and learning, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has launched a set of online materials addressing their vision for our state. Please visit the DPI website to learn more.
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