CHEYENNE – Results are now available online from the 2016 statewide high school assessments administered to students in grades 9 through 11. Eleventh grade students showed improvement in every subject tested, while 9th and 10th grade students exceeded the benchmark in English, indicating a high probability of success in first year college courses.
Consistent with Wyoming statutes, and to support calculations for Wyoming’s school accountability system, 9th and 10th grade students take the ACT Aspire, and 11th grade students take the ACT. The tests are intended to predict college readiness. This spring marked the first year that the ACT Aspire was administered, making statewide assessment results from prior years incomparable for grades 9 and 10.
“We’re very proud of the work done by WDE and school staff to successfully administer Aspire,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow. “The shift to an online test is no small feat and took cooperation from all parties involved. Thanks to their hard work we now have a good baseline to work from.”
The WDE established new performance levels for the ACT in 2014 delineating Advanced, Proficient, Basic, and Below Basic performance in the subject area tests. Current results are not directly comparable to years prior to 2014 because they represent a much higher set of expectations for Wyoming students.
These results will be used to determine school performance ratings, which will be released in September.
The WDE will publish ACT results for the graduating class of 2016 along with the ACT annual report, The Condition of College & Career Readiness, scheduled for August 24, 2016.
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Kari Eakins, Communications Director