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.
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 federal accountability law 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 Participation Guidelines
WY-ALT Sample Tasks
How-to Pre-identify WY-ALT testers in TIDE
Assessment Best Practices Guide
WY-ALT Performance Level Descriptors for ELA
WY-ALT Performance Level Descriptors for Mathematics
WY-ALT Performance Level Descriptors for Science
Test Design Document: ELA
Test Design Document: Math
Test Design Document: Science
Alternate Assessment Specialty Committee
2016-2017 Wy-ALT Administration
- Wy-ALT Training Registration
- 2017 Wy-ALT Participation Guidelines
- 2017 Wy-ALT Guidance for Test Coordinators on Online Systems
- 2017 Wy-ALT FAQs
- Wy-ALT Sample Tasks
- 2017 Wy-ALT System Requirements
- Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) User Guide
- 2017 TIDE Summary for Building Coordinators
- TIDE FAQs
- Data Entry Interface (DEI) User Guide
- DEI FAQs
- DEI Tutorial
- Online Reporting System User Guide
- Family Reports Interpretive Guide
2014 Wyoming English/Language Arts Standards Extensions
2014 Wyoming Mathematics Standards Extensions
Wyoming Academic Content Standards for Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities
Wy-ALT Spring 2017 Technical Report
Wy-ALT Spring 2016 Technical Report
WY-ALT Spring 2015 Technical Report
PAWS-ALT Spring 2012 Technical Manual