posted on March 02, 2015 08:36
In March and April, all middle school students in Wisconsin will take the Wisconsin Forward Exam. This state test is tied to "Every Student Succeeds Act" federal legislation, which determines a child's level (below basic, basic, proficient, or advanced) in math, reading, and English language arts. In 8th grade, students will also take tests in social studies and science. Here is the exam schedule we will follow at Franklin Middle School.
8th Grade: March 20-22, April 4-5, April 10-11
7th Grade: March 20-22, April 10-11
6th Grade: March 20-22, April 10-11
At school, we will teach and review the Wisconsin State Standards and use Advisory time (1st period) to support and strengthen math skills for test preparation. In addition, all classes will focus on disciplinary literacy to support reading and English language arts. Student success on the Wisconsin Forward exam can and will occur if school and home partner and prepare together.
At home, we ask that parents/guardians and students work on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division skills. Many of the math questions on the Wisconsin Forward exam are math application problems—so knowing basic facts at high levels will help when students need to complete multiple step items. Flash cards, smartphone apps, computer games and mental math work well for this purpose. The website https://www.khanacademy.org/ is also a great resource. Finally, we also ask that students read 10 to 20 minutes per night of fiction or nonfiction. Students of all ages become better readers with practice.
Together, home and school can foster a Growth Mindset (emphasize hard work and effort) for individual and collective success on the Wisconsin Forward exam. Thank you in advance for your help with preparations for the state test. Please contact Franklin at 608-743-6000 if you have any questions.