District Assessment System

Contact Information

Bill Pannell
(307) 777-7322
Bill.Pannell@wyo.gov


About the District Assessment System

The purpose of the K-12 District Assessment System (DAS) is to ensure equity of opportunity for Wyoming students by demonstrating the alignment of curriculum and assessments to the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards in all content areas.

The DAS is evaluated every five (5) years as part of the district accreditation onsite review.  Criterion 09 and 10 from the Peer Review Workbook are included in the DAS review.  The focus is on the process used across the district to align curriculum and assessments to the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards.

The District Assessment System must meet these requirements:

  • The Wyoming Content and Performance Standards are taught and assessed in all content areas (Chapter 6, Sec. 5 (j)) (Chapter 31, Sec. 5 (b))
  • The assessment system is aligned to the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards in terms of content and cognitive complexity. (Chapter 31, Sec. 5 (b)(i))
  • The district has a process for updating the assessment system within three years of revision of the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards. (Chapter 31, Sec. 5 (b)(i))
  • Levels of student performance for each class or subject are determined through assessment of the standards-aligned content. (Chapter 31, Sec. 5 (b)(i)(A))
  • The assessment system measures the knowledge or skill for the appropriate grade level and content. (Chapter 31, Sec. 5 (b)(i)(B))
  • The assessment system provides every student with multiple opportunities to demonstrate what the student understands, knows, and can do. (Chapter 31, Sec. 5 (b)(i)(B))
  • Levels of student performance for each class or subject are reported to the district through a student information system or another method. (Chapter 31, Sec. 5 (b)(ii))
  • The district has a process in place to evaluate its district assessment system on an ongoing basis. (Chapter 31, Sec. 5 (b)(iii))
  • The district graduation policy meets or exceeds the minimum requirements established in Chapter 31, Sec. 4 (a)
  • The minimum passing grade for all high school courses incorporates the district definition of proficient performance. (Chapter 31, Sec. 4 (a)(iii)(A))

District Assessment System Guidebook

Through the work of the District Assessment System Steering Committee, the following document has been developed to provide guidance for districts.