Assessment Information

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The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District utilizes a balanced approach to assessment. Our educators use a variety of assessment approaches to inform the learning process, set goals, and measure student outcomes. We utilize a balance of formative, interim, and summative assessments. 

Formative Assessments - Used regularly in the classroom to quickly inform instruction and provide actionable, immediate feedback.

Interim Assessments - STAR, Fountas & Pinnell BAS, and 4K PALS and Early Numeracy assessments are used at designated times of the school year as benchmark assessments, to measure student growth with multiple data points over time.

Summative Assessments - Provide a cumulative snapshot of student progress. The Forward, ASPIRE, ACT+Writing, and Dynamic Learning Maps assessments are state summative assessments. 


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 WSAS includes:

  • The Wisconsin Forward Exam at grades 3-8 in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, at grades 4 and 8 in Science, and 4, 8, and 10 in Social Studies 
  • Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) at grades 3-11 in ELA and Mathematics, at grades 4 and 8 - 11 in Science, and at grades 4, 8, and 10 in Social Studies,
  • ACT Aspire at grades 9 & 10, 
  • The ACT Plus Writing at grade 11 for Reading, English, Mathematics, Science, and Writing, and
  • ACT WorkKeys at grade 11.

When a parent or guardian requests that the student be excused from participating in the WSAS, this request must be honored at grades 4, 8, 9-11, per Wis. Stats. 118.30(2)(b)3. A parent must submit a written request for student opt-out to the building principal. This request may come at any time during the testing window. Students in the other tested grades cannot be excused from taking the examinations.

Please read this State Assesement two-page document provided by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to learn more.

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