Students in grades three, four, five, six, seven, eight and ten will take the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination the last week in October. The Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination tests are based on the TerraNova assessment series developed and designed by CTB/McGraw-Hill.
There are three things parents can do to help their child do well on these assessments.
- Encourage: Encourage your child to do her best work on the test. Remind your child that the test is a chance to show what she or he knows, and that it will help the teacher help the student.
- Prepare: Be sure your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a hearty breakfast before the tests.
- Relax: Reassure your child about the test. Support your child in doing good work, but don't burden him or her with unrealistic expectations.
Children should be encouraged to:
- Relax: It is normal to be somewhat nervous before a test. Don't worry.
- Listen: Listen to and read the directions for each part of the test carefully. Ask for an explanation of the directions if you do not understand them.
- Plan your time: Do not spend too much time on any one question. If a question seems to take too long, skip it and return to it later if you wish. First answer all questions that you are sure of.
- Think: If you are not sure how to answer a question, relax and think. Rule out answer choices that you know are incorrect and choose from those that remain.
- Don't Worry: Don't worry about passing or failing these tests. Remember that the scores you receive on the tests are only one measure of your performance.
See links below for other information that may be helpful.
A Parent's Guide to Standards and Assessments - dpi.wi.gov/oea/pdf/testing.pdf
WKCE Sample Test Questions - dpi.wi.gov/oea/profitem.html
WKCE-CRT Math Framework - dpi.wi.gov/oea/wkce-crt/math_framework.html
WKCE-CRT Reading Framework - dpi.wi.gov/oea/wkce-crt/read_framework.html