Assessment – State System

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Contact Information

Supervisor of Assessment
Cat Palmer
(307) 777-8568
catherine.palmer@wyo.gov
Assessment Consultant - WY-ALT
Becca Velikaneye
(307) 777-6804
rebecca.velikaneye@wyo.gov
Assessment Consultant - ACCESS for ELLs
Antoinette Hallam
(307) 777-5217
antoinette.hallam@wyo.gov
Assessment Consultant - WY-TOPP
Michelle Carroll
(307) 777-3618
michelle.carroll@wyo.gov
Assessment Consultant - ACT
Tahnee Hutchinson
(307) 777-5296
tahnee.hutchinson1@wyo.gov
NAEP State Coordinator
Will Donkersgoed
(307) 777-5133
will.donkersgoed@wyo.gov

State Assessment System

Wyoming’s assessment system measures students’ progress toward the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards. It is used to enhance teaching and learning, support school improvement, and provide data for accountability ensuring the effectiveness of schools, programs, and staff. When used in conjunction with a school district’s annual assessment program, statewide assessments provide the information needed to develop and implement strategies for improvement of student performance. 

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Statewide Assessment System 

WY-TOPP
  • Aligned to the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards.
  • Reading and mathematics are assessed in grades 3-10.
  • Science is assessed in grades 4, 8,  and 10.
  • Writing is assessed in grades 3, 5, 7, and 9.
  • Computer adaptive assessment with multiple item types (e.g., enhanced multiple-choice, constructed response, technology-enhanced, performance task).
WY-ALT
  • Aligned to the Wyoming Extended Standards.
  • Reading and mathematics are assessed in grades 3-10.
  • Science is assessed in grades 4, 8,  and 10.
  • Computer adaptive assessment.
ACCESS for ELLs (English Learners)
  • Aligned to the WIDA English Language Development Standards.
  • Designed to monitor students’ progress in learning academic English.
  • Listening, speaking, reading, and writing are assessed in grades K-12.
ACT
  • Aligned to the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards
  • English, mathematics, reading, science, and writing are assessed in grade 11.
  • Online and paper options are available.
WorkKeys (optional)
  • Measures work skills needed for career success across industries. 
  • Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents are assessed in grades 11 or 12.
  • Successful completion results in a National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC).
NAEP
  • In addition to the statewide assessment system, Wyoming schools and students also participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card, every other year.