The Wyoming Department of Education has developed assessment target documents outlining the transition of the Proficiency Assessment of Wyoming Students (PAWS) to the 2012 Wyoming Content Standards, which are the Common Core State Standards. The assessment target documents identify for teachers, parents, and students the new assessment content in reading and math for each year of the transition. It is important to note that much of this content, especially in year one, aligns to the 2008 standards and has historically been assessed on the PAWS. The transition to the new standards will take place in three distinct steps:
- In year one of the transition, school year 2012 -2013, PAWS will include items which will align to the 2008 and 2012 Wyoming Content Standards. Some items will align to 2008 standards only while others will align to both sets of standards. The items that measure the standards identified in Phase I will be field tested on the 2013 PAWS.
- In the second year of the transition, school year 2013 -2014, PAWS will be totally aligned to that content designated in the assessment target documents as Phase I content. Items that measure the standards identified in Phase II will be field tested on the 2014 PAWS.
- In the third year of transition, school year 2014 -2015, PAWS will be totally aligned to that content identified in the assessment target documents as both Phase I and Phase II content.