Council of State Science Supervisors
“The voice and vision of science education for the states”



Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
125 South Webster St.
Madison, WI 53707

CSSS Member Information:

State Profile

Organizational Structure:

Local Control, Elected State Superintendent, no State School Board

State Education Demographics:

  • Number of K-12 Students: ~870,000
  • Number of School Administrative Units: ~446

Standards and Instruction Information: 

  • Last Updated: Nov 2017, NRC Framework/NGSS-based standards
  • Instructional Information: local decisions

Standards Resources - Curriculum and Instruction:  WI DPI Website

State Science Assessment Information:

  • Date Established: New grade 4 & 8 Forward Exam in Science - Spring 2019; ACT established as state exam in 2015
  • Given at what grades: 4, 8, 11
  • Type of Assessment: 4th and 8th grade - 3D item clusters, 11th grade - ACT
  • Time of Year: Spring

Assessment Resources: 

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