2017-2018 Assessment Calendar

New Assessment System for 2017-2022

Wyoming released two Request for Proposals (RFPs) for our new statewide assessment system. The first was for the Comprehensive Statewide Assessment System Grades 1-10, and the second was for the College Entrance and Career/Work Readiness Assessments. The State Board reviewed the recommendations of the RFP Review Committee and voted to approve the new statewide assessment system.  SBE Press Release on New Statewide Assessments

There are a lot of questions around the new assessment system including what it will look like and when it will be administered. The WDE is in contract negotiations with American Institutes for Research (AIR) for the Gr. 1-10 assessments and with ACT for the CCR assessments.  Once those contracts are in place, further information will be provided to school districts. This will occur before the end of the school year to allow time to plan for the next school year. The RFPs were based on the Recommendations of the Assessment Task Force, much of which was also added into Wyoming Statute during the 2016 Session and are effective July 1, 2017.  W.S. 21-2-204 and W.S. 21-2-304

Interim assessments will be available to districts, free of charge, for grades 1-10 and will be mini-summative assessments and modular assessments, with item types similar to the summative assessment.

2017-2022 Summative Assessments
  • Reading and mathematics will be assessed each year in grades 3-11
  • Science will be assessed in grades 4, 8, and 10 (once per grade span) – because we have new science standards, a new science assessment will be operational for the 2020 assessment; we will continue with our current assessment on the new testing platform for the next two years
  • Writing will be assessed at a minimum once per grade span
  • Online with multiple item types (e.g., enhanced multiple choice, constructed response, technology enhanced, performance task)
  • Later testing window (e.g., mid-April through first full week in May suggested)
  • Testing time is limited to 1% of the school year (e.g., 9 hours for elementary, 10 for middle school, and 11 for high school); this is for “actual testing time” and does not include test prep, breaks, or time reading the instructions
  • Comparability across states – students’ scores are to be comparable to students’ scores from other states
  • Reporting deadline of August 1st to facilitate school improvement activities
  • Readiness check and training will be conducted to ensure schools have a smooth online test administration

Further information including timeline of availability (interim), testing dates, and technology specifications will be sent to the districts once contracts are in place.