Student Assessments

As a district with a commitment to continuous improvement, the Kimberly Area School District regularly measures student learning. In addition to classroom assessments, a combination of state and district assessments provides information that helps district teachers and administrators monitor both student learning and district improvement efforts. For the 2018-2019 school year, the following state and district assessments will be administered during the time frames indicated. Each school determines its own testing schedule within the specified window for each assessment. 

If you have questions about these assessments or your child’s results, please contact:

  • Grades: Pre K - Grade 2
  • Content: Early literacy skills and fundamentals
  • Purpose: Assess reading readiness
  • When Administered:  
    • Fall – Grades 5K – 2: September 17-October 31, 2018
    • Midyear – 4K: January 7-25, 2019
    • Students who enroll in the district after the screening window may be screened after arrival.
  • Results Reported: Parents receive a copy of student results after their initial screening is completed.
  • Additional Details: 
    • Wisconsin requires districts to screen students for early reading readiness. KASD uses the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screener (PALS) as its early literacy screener.
    • Students are screened by their classroom teacher. The amount of time needed for screening varies by grade level and by student given the individualized nature of the screening tool.
    • After initial screening, students may be re-screened to monitor their progress at other times during the school year.
    • Information for families about Phonological Awareness Literacy Screener (PALS).
  • Source of Requirement: State Required Assessment
  • Grades: 3 – 8, 10
  • Content: 
    • English Language Arts Grades 3 – 8
    • Math Grades 3 – 8
    • Science Grades 4 and 8
    • Social Studies Grades 4, 8 and 10
  • Purpose: Determine grade level proficiency
  • When Administered:  March 18-May 3, 2019
  • Results Reported:  Parents receive a copy of student results, usually in late summer.
  • Additional Details:  The Forward Exam is an untimed assessment. The amount of time needed varies by grade level based on the number of subjects tested. The estimated testing time per grade (for all subjects):
  • Source of Requirement:  State Required Assessment
  • Grades: 9-10
  • Content: 
    • English
    • Reading
    • Math
    • Science
    • Writing
  • Purpose: Determine grade level proficiency
  • When Administered:  
    • October 2018 - the Aspire Interim is given as a practice for this assessment
    • April 8-May 10, 2019
  • Results Reported:  Parents receive a copy of student results, usually in late summer.
  • Additional Details: 
  • Source of Requirement:  State Required Assessment
  • Grade:  11
  • Content:
    • Reading
    • Math
    • English
    • Science
    • Writing 
  • Purpose:  Determine grade level proficiency and college readiness
  • When Administered:  
    • October 2018 - the PreACT is given as a practice for this assessment
    • February 20, 2019
    • February 20-March 6, 2019 (For students with accommodations)
    • March 12, 2019 (Makeup date)
  • Results Reported:  Students and parents receive results several weeks after testing
  • Additional Details: 
  • Source of Requirement:  State Required Assessment
  • Grade: Grade 11
  • Content: 
    • Reading/Literacy
    • Math
  • Purpose: Determine workplace readiness
  • When Administered:  
    • February 21, 2019
    • February 21-March 7, 2019 (For students with accommodations)
    • March 13, 2019 (Makeup date)
  • Results Reported: Students and parents receive results in late summer
  • Additional Details:
  • Source of Requirement: State Required Assessment
  • Grades:  3-11 (For students with significant disabilities)
  • Content: 
    • English Language Arts (Grades 3 – 11)
    • Math (Grades 3 – 11)
    • Science (Grades 4, 8 – 11)
    • Social Studies (Grades 4, 8, 10)
  • Purpose:  Determine grade level proficiency as it relates to the Wisconsin Essential Elements
  • When Administered:  March 18-May 3, 2019
  • Results Reported:  Parents receive a copy of student results, usually in late summer.
  • Additional Details:
    • Students with significant disabilities take the DLM assessment in place of the Forward Exam and ACT assessments.
    • The DLM is untimed and the amount of time needed for student testing varies considerably by grade level based on the number of subjects tested and student needs.
    • Information for families about DLM.
  • Source of Requirement: State Required Assessment
  • Grades:  K-12 (For English Language learners)
  • Content: 
    • Listening
    • Speaking
    • Reading 
    • Writing
  • Purpose:  Determine English language proficiency and progress toward full proficiency
  • When Administered:  December 3, 2018 - February 1, 2019
  • Results Reported:  Parents receive a copy of student results, usually in late May or early June.
  • Additional Details:
    • English language learners participate in ACCESS in addition to the other state assessments at their grade level.
    • Kindergarten assessment takes an average of 45 minutes.
    • For grades 1-12, the total testing time is a little more than 3.5 hours.
    • Information for families about ACCESS.
  • Source of Requirement: State Required Assessment
  • Grade(s): 9-12 (Students can take the test in any of these grades)
  • Content: Basic U.S. civics, history and geography
  • Purpose: State mandated graduation requirement
  • When Administered:  Students have the opportunity to complete the Civics test through their required social studies classes. Other test opportunities are also provided.
  • Results Reported:  Students are informed of score immediately upon completion.
  • Additional Details:
    • Students must answer at least 65 questions correctly to earn a passing score.
    • Students may retake the test as many times as needed to earn a passing score.
    • The test is untimed and completion time varies by student.
    • The Civics Exam consists of 100 questions. The questions are the same as those used on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Test.
    • Information for families about Civics Test Graduation Requirement.
  • Source of Requirement: State Required Assessment (Graduation requirement)
  • Grades: 5-8
  • Content: 
    • Reading
    • Math
  • Purpose: Determine growth in subject area
  • When Administered:
    • Fall: September 10-October 5, 2018
    • Winter: January 7-February 14, 2019 (for selected grades and/or students)
    • Spring: April 22-May 17, 2019
  • Results Reported:  Parents receive a copy of student results in early June
  • Additional Details:
  • Source of Requirement: District Required Assessment