Wisconsin public K-12 education has the same issues and challenges that face so many large-scale instructional systems, namely, assessments and accountability. To address these challenges, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has utilized various standardized tests throughout the years, from the Wisconsin Pupil Assessment Program in the 1970s and 1980s, to the Wisconsin Reading Comprehension Test (WRCT) of the 1990s.
The year 1998 brought a new set of academic content standards to the state of Wisconsin, known as the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards (WMAS). During this decade we also saw the advent of the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations (WKCEs), which were then superseded in recent years by assessments developed in partnership with the consortium known as Smarter Balanced (SBAC).
It can be hard to keep up with all of these changes, which is why we've compiled this list of five interesting facts that you may not know about Wisconsin's Smarter Balanced assessments.