10-09-2023 Public Comment Sought For Alternate Assessment Participation Waiver Extension Request

The WDE seeks public comment on the One Percent Participation Waiver Extension Request for the Alternate ELA, Math, and Science Assessments. Public comment may be submitted online, or via mail, by 11:59 p.m. on November 24.

Educators and the public can also attend virtual public comment meetings listed below. The meeting will begin with an informational presentation, and the remainder will be open for comments. Attendees may join the Zoom meeting at any time during the block.

Join the Zoom meeting here, or call 346-248-7799. Meeting ID: 968 0156 5719

  • 6-7 p.m. on Monday, October 30. 
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1.
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 2.

Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), addresses students participating in alternate assessments aligned with alternate academic achievement standards (AA-AAAS) of the statewide assessment system. Each state must submit a waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education if it predicts exceeding 1% participation in the AA-AAAS, in any subject.

Upon review of 202223 assessment participation data, the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) determined that participation in WY-ALT ELA and Math in grades 310 and WY-ALT Science in grades 4, 8, and 10 may be over 1% of the total number of students assessed in that subject area for the 202324 school year. Pursuant to Code of Federal Regulations, Title 34 (34 CFR), Section 200.6(c)(4), the WDE is requesting a federal waiver for exceeding the 1% threshold on AA-AAAS participation in the WY-ALT ELA, Math, and Science.

For more information, contact Becca Velikaneye, Assessment Supervisor, at 307-777-6804 or rebecca.velikaneye@wyo.gov.