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West High ACT Brochure for Families


Dear 9th and 10th Grade Parents/Guardians,

As partners in your child’s education, it is important to ensure they are prepared for each step along their educational journey. One way to determine student preparedness is through assessment. It can also help determine the impact the pandemic has had on academic achievement and equity. Therefore we will be administering the following state-mandated assessments this spring:

Wisconsin Forward Exam: 10th Grade ONLY
Wednesday, April 6, 2022

This on-line Social Studies exam consists of two sessions beginning at 9:00am.

ACT Aspire: 9th and 10th Grade
Wednesday, April 20, 2022

This on-line assessment assesses knowledge and skills in science, reading, English, writing and math.

Although the Wisconsin Forward Exam and the ACT Aspire are important assessments which measure the knowledge and skills your child(ren) should have acquired by the time they reach each grade level, they are only snapshots in time of what your child knows and can do. Other tools to help us measure your child’s progress include academic classroom work and tests, teacher observations, and district level benchmark assessments. The results of the Wisconsin Forward Exam and the ACT Aspire with these other measures of student learning are used to guide classroom instruction and can help you and your child make decisions about course selections and future college and career plans. As a parent, there are a number of things you can do to help your child perform effectively on these assessments:

  • Discuss the tests with your child to help her/him understand that it is an assessment designed to help determine what students know and to help the district further improve learning opportunities for all students.
  • Please make sure your child gets a good night’s rest on the night before testing.
  • Provide your child with a healthy breakfast the morning of testing (or encourage them to eat breakfast provided at school).
  • Maintain normal routines as much as possible.
  • Make every effort to have your child in attendance on test day.

We want to make this a positive experience for our students. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at
715-261-0850. Thank you for your support.


Jeb Steckbauer