The new standardized state achievement exam has been in the works for years, and is expected to be a much better gauge of student performance than the old pencil-and-paper, fill-in-the-bubble Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam.
The Badger Exam will be taken online and should be tougher, because it will align with the more rigorous Common Core academic standards.
It was also designed to feature test questions that would automatically adapt to individual students’ skill levels, but that feature was dropped because it wasn’t ready.
Because of concerns about testing time, DPI also eliminated a set of performance tasks that were to accompany the English portion of the exam.
State officials blamed the problems on Educational Testing Service, the company it contracted to administer the exam. It has not yet paid anything to the company, DPI Spokesman John Johnson said in an interview Thursday.