Assessments for Learning

The School District of McFarland assesses student learning in a variety of ways for multiple reasons.  From mandatory, standardized state assessments to classroom-based, formative measures, student performance is reviewed, analyzed, and interpreted for meaning to improve classroom practice.  For specific assessment information, utilize the links below.

         District Assessment Calendar



ACCESS for English Language Learners
  • A large-scale test that addresses the English language development standards that form the core of Wisconsin's approach to instructing and testing English language learners.
  • These standards incorporate a set of model performance indicators (PIs) that describe the expectations educators have of ELL students at five different grade level clusters and in five different content areas.
ACT Aspire (formerly EXPLORE and PLAN)
  • State-wide assessment for all 9th and 10th grade students in the spring
  • State-wide assessment for all 11th grade students in the spring. Students may also elect to take this test more than once.
ACT Work Keys
  • State-wide assessment for all 11th grade students in the spring
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) & MAP for Primary Grades (MPG)
  • Created by Northwest Evaluations Association (NWEA).
  • Utilized in grades K - 8 to measure student growth and set learning goals with individual students
Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)
  • Mandatory state-wide assessment for 4K, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students in the Fall and Spring
Running Records
  • Benchmark system designed to measure students growth in reading.
  • Administered K-5
  • Reports results of student achievement, behavior, demographics, and resources by district


  • McFarland School District
  • 5101 Farwell St., McFarland, WI 53558
  • Phone: 608 838-4500 | Fax: 608 838-3074
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