Assessments

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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. Assessment FAQs

2020-2021 State Assessment Helplines

Assessment Portal Links

RESOURCES

Assessment FAQs and the Back-to-School Toolkit

Assessment System 2017-2022

2017-2022 Summative Assessments
  • Reading and mathematics will be assessed each year in grades 3-10.
  • 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 in grades 3, 5, 7, 9.
  • Online with multiple item types (e.g., enhanced multiple-choice, constructed response, technology-enhanced, performance task).
  • Later spring testing window. 
  • 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, starting year 2, to facilitate school improvement activities.
  • Readiness check and training will be conducted to ensure schools have a smooth online test administration.

 

NAEP

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. The next administration of the NAEP is in 2021.
  • Note: Some schools may be participating in the NAEP History and/or Civics Assessments

RESOURCES

NAEP