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The School District of Mauston practices a Balanced Assessment approach to both inform the next steps in instruction to help students achieve the standards and measure progress toward achieving those standards.  Teachers use a variety of assessment tools appropriate for the age of the student (s), the specific learning target, the standards, and curriculum.  Below are the State and District assessments taken by all students.  For more information about how learning is measured in specific grade levels and classes, please contact your child’s teacher.

District and State Assessments - Grades 3-5

Students in grades 3-5 take STAR Reading and Math.  STAR Reading and Math Assessments are computer adaptive assessments that measure student achievement of state standards.  STAR Reading and Math Assessments are taken 3 times a year for screening purposes.   Information that teachers receive informs planning for instruction to help students meet or exceed state standards at their grade levels. Reports are shared with families at conference time.  Students in grades 3-5 will take STAR in September, January and May.

For more information about STAR Reading go to: Renaissance - STAR Reading

For more information about STAR Math go to: Renaissance - STAR Math


Teachers also assess and record three types of writing in grades 3-5:

Teachers measure student progress in writing using a similar rubric for each grade level that gets more rigorous through the years.  These scores are collected as at the end of the unit of instruction for each type of writing.  Scores are shared with families at conferences.


Students in grades 3-5 take the Forward Exam during the spring state assessment window.  This is an annual test that is administered on the computer to measure student achievement of state standards.  Students in grades 3 - 5 take assessments in the English Language Arts and Mathematics.  Students in grade 4 also take assessments in Science and Social Studies.  Individual Student Reports are mailed to families in early fall and the scores from this assessment become part of the District and School Report cards.  The state window for the Forward Exam opens in late March and extends to early May.  Schools will be setting specific testing dates and communicating with families closer to the opening of the March window.  For more information go to WI DPI Forward.

ACCESS for ELLS - All of our students who are English Language Learners will take the ACCESS assessment.  This is a state assessment that measures student growth in English Language proficiency including speaking, writing, listening and reading.  Identified students take the ACCESS during the December to February state window.

Results from this assessment are mailed to parents near the end of April.

For more information about ACCESS go to: ACCESS.


The Dynamic Learning Map Assessment is taken by roughly 1% of our student population and is the alternative state assessment that allows students with significant cognitive disabilities to demonstrate their learning.  Students take this assessment during the Forward Exam window.  Families will receive an Individual Student Report with test results in September following the assessment.

For more information about the Dynamic Learning Map Assessment go to: DLM


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