Contact Information

Deb Lindsey

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Wy-ALT Assessment Training Dates Announced

WDE has created training sessions for everyone administering or second scoring the Wy-ALT assessment during the 2015-2016 testing window.

If you have not previously attended a Wy-ALT training session, and will be administering and/or second scoring the assessment this year, you will need to attend the full day training session. There are two training sessions scheduled:

January 11 – Buffalo
January 12 – Casper
January 15 – Rock Springs

If you attended last year’s full day training, you will not be required to attend the full day session (you may however on a voluntary basis). Instead, you will be required to attend a half-day refresher course. There will be 2 live sessions:

January 13 – Casper (morning)
January 13 – Casper (afternoon)

WDE is also scheduling refresher webinars in lieu of the live sessions. A registration link will be posted in an upcoming WDE Assessment Newsletter.

Wyoming Statewide Alternate Assessment – Wy-ALT

Wyoming’s alternate assessment, Wy-ALT, is designed for a small number of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. It’s part of a statewide instructionally supportive assessment system which complies with the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA).

Wyoming has rigorous academic standards for all students. The Wyoming Department of Education believes that the results of the Wy-ALT, along with other measures of student performance, will enable teachers to provide individualized academic instruction to enable students to achieve high standards of academic performance and improve instructional programs. A student’s participation in the Wy-ALT is appropriate when the Individualized Education Program Team has determined that the student’s academic achievement is best measured by Alternate Academic Achievement Standards, consistent with Wyoming’s participation requirements.

About the Program

The Wy-ALT is administered to students in grades 3 – 11 in ELA, and mathematics and to students in grades 4, 8-11 in science. The Wy-ALT is an individually administered student performance assessment which students demonstrate their mastery of grade-level-aligned extended Wyoming Academic Content Standards.

The grade-level extended Wyoming Academic Content Standards specify essential learning for all students who participate in the Wy-ALT. The extended standards, though reduced in breadth, depth and complexity, are linked to the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards and define the knowledge and skills, which students are expected to master at appropriate levels of challenge. Teachers ensure access to the general academic curriculum through teaching and learning opportunities aligned to the extended Academic Benchmarks. Teachers employ a wide range of instructional strategies as determined by a student’s individual learning characteristics and communication modes and levels, and through the use of adapted, grade-level appropriate materials.

Wy-ALT Portal

The Wyoming Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (Wy-ALT) was administered for the first time in spring 2015. The Wy-ALT is aligned to the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards (WyCPS) and designed to allow students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in an appropriately rigorous assessment. All information about the Wy-ALT is available on the Wy-ALT Portal.


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