Contact Information

Assessment Supervisor

Jessica Steinbrenner
(307) 777-8568

PAWS Building Coordinator Training

Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Wyoming Department of Education will be hosting Building Coordinator Training sessions at four locations to review the responsibilities of the Building Test Coordinator for the 2016 PAWS administration.

Attendance at this training is strongly encouraged. Please continue to watch the newsletter for registration and specific site information.

Building Coordinator Training will be in the following locations:
• January 25, Evanston
• January 26, Laramie
• January 27, Casper
• January 29, Sheridan

Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS)

About the Program

A primary purpose of the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) is to foster program improvement at the school, district, and state levels in support of the teaching and learning that takes place in Wyoming public classrooms and meets all of the attendant requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001(NCLB). In 2005-2006, PAWS became the official statewide assessment used to measure individual student achievement against the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards in reading, writing, and mathematics for grades 3 – 8 and 11. In 2008, a science assessment was implemented for grades 4, 8, and 11. Beginning in 2013, the PAWS was administered in grades 3-8 in reading, math, and grades 4 and 8 in science.

PAWS is designed to be instructionally supportive and include clear targets for instruction as well as informative reporting categories. PAWS reports provide skill-level categories aligned to the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards as organized by the Wyoming Assessment Descriptions.

Assessment results provide important information to all facets of the school community. These PAWS results assist teachers in addressing specific academic needs of students and in making decisions about delivery of instruction in their classrooms. Policymakers, administrators, students, and parents also use assessment information for a variety of purposes. Collectively, these users make decisions about how well students are achieving, whether schools are functioning effectively for each child, and whether they are functioning well for all children collectively.

The PAWS is a multiple choice assessment in reading, math, and science.

Accommodations are allowed on the PAWS for students on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), for students on a 504 Plan, and for English Language Learners (ELL). Selection of accommodations for the general assessment is the responsibility of a student’s IEP team, 504 Plan committee or service providers for ELL, and must align with the guidelines found in the PAWS standard accommodations manual found at the link below. Accommodations selected and administrated must be from the PAWS Accommodations Manual. Accommodations provided must be regularly used by the student.

PAWS Portal

The PAWS portal provides administrators and teachers with access to calendars, forms, instructions and other documents that are needed to coordinate the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students. The portal can be accessed here.

Test Operations Management System (TOMS)

TOMS Training is December 2, 2015

The Test Operations Management System, TOMS, is used by districts to update student information and to order additional test materials for the PAWS test.

buttonImportant TOMS Links

Materials By Grade

buttonGrade 3

buttonGrade 4

buttonGrade 5

buttonGrade 6

buttonGrade 7

Further Reading

buttonPAWS Performance Over Time

buttonPAWS Assessment Targets

buttonPAWS Performance Level Descriptors


buttonPAWS Blueprints

buttonPAWS Results

buttonStudent Report Guide


buttonParent Opt Outs from Statewide Assessment

buttonTechnical Manuals