As the mission of the Office of Charter Schools is to improve the quality of education or children in the City of Milwaukee, the academic and behavioral growth and achievement of the students in the schools that we authorize is extremely important. To this end, the Office requires all schools to participate in three assessments.
In 2014-15, all public schools in Wisconsin administered the Badger Exam to students in grades three through eight in the Spring. Students were assessed in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics.
In the 2015-16 school year, all public schools in Wisconsin will administer the Wisconsin Forward Exam to students in grades three through eight in the Spring. All students will complete English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics assessments. Fourth and eighth grade students will also complete a Science assessment and fourth, eighth, and tenth grade students will also complete a Social Studies assessment.
For accountability purposes, starting in 2014-15, students in grade eleven were all assessed with the ACT Plus Writing exam in Reading, English, Mathematics, Science, and Writing. The Wisconsin DPI developed a method to combine the Reading, English, and Writing scores to create an English Language Arts (ELA) score.
A very small percentage of students with severe cognitive disabilities take the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessments instead of the assessments mentioned above.
The Office also collects data on other aspects of the school including attendance rates, student mobility, discipline, and other measures that impact student success. Additional data collected at the high school level includes graduation rates and ACT performance. This information can be found in each school’s Annual Accountability Report.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is an assessment developed by the Northwest Evaluation Association of Portland, Oregon. Students take MAP assessments in reading, mathematics, language, and science online and their results are immediately available to teachers and schools to help tailor their instruction to what they are ready to learn now and in the near future. In addition, since the assessments are taken three times a year (September – January – May), they can also be used to monitor the academic growth of all students.
Resources are available below for MAP proctors, teachers and administrators, and parents.