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 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.
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.
Performance Level Descriptors
- Wy-ALT Performance Level Descriptors for ELA
- Wy-ALT Performance Level Descriptors for Mathematics
- Wy-ALT Performance Level Descriptors for Science
Further information about score reports and student participation data can be found in the Wy-ALT Online Reporting System User Guide.
Parent Opt Out of Statewide Assessment
In the Spring of 2014, the WDE requested an opinion from the Wyoming Attorney General’s office regarding parent opt outs from state-mandated testing (e.g. PAWS, ASPIRE, ACT, Wy-ALT). The following is part of the AG’s response:
“In summary, the State Board of Education is authorized to establish the statewide accountability system pursuant to state law, including the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act. It has promulgated rules that require districts to administer the relevant assessments to all students in the appropriate grade levels. These requirements are within the authority granted to the Board by the legislature. Consequently, districts may not allow students or their parents to opt them out of the assessments provided by law.”
The full opinion can be found here:
2015-2016 Wy-ALT Administration
- Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) User Guide
- 2016 TIDE Summary for Building Coordinators – Pending
- TIDE FAQs