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WY-TOPP Assessments (Grades K-10)

The Wyoming Test of Proficiency and Progress (WY-TOPP) is a system of modular on-demand, interim, and summative assessments in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science.

WY-TOPP Summative Assessments

For grades 3-10, the WY-TOPP summative assessments are online adaptive assessments for ELA, mathematics, and science. The online assessment includes multiple item types (e.g., enhanced multiple-choice, constructed response, technology-enhanced performance task). Students in grades 4, 8, and 10 are assessed in science. Students in grades 3, 5, 7, and 9 are also assessed in writing. 

The writing assessment includes 1 stand-alone prompt. Because of the adaptiveness of the exam students in grades 3 and 5 are presented with an opinion or an informative/explanatory prompt. Students in grades 7 and 9 are presented with an argumentative or an informative/explanatory prompt.

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.

WY-TOPP Interim Assessments

The WY-TOPP Fall and Winter interim assessments are optional online adaptive assessments. All Interims for ELA, mathematics, and science, K-10 are optional to school districts. 

Writing is available to be assessed on the optional WY-TOPP interim assessments in grades 3, 5, 7, and 9. The same breakdown of prompt types applies to the interim as the summative.

WY-TOPP Modular Assessments

The WY-TOPP modular assessments are optional online formative assessments that are available for grades 1-11 and can be administered on-demand throughout the school year. Modular assessments are short assessments that focus on a specific topic or skill e.g. ratios and proportional relationships. Results from the modular assessments will be available immediately after students complete the assessment. Participating in modular assessments can help instructors inform instruction and help students and teachers gain familiarity with the online test platform and tools.

Writing is also available for grades 3-10 on the optional modular assessments. Grades 3-5 writing modular assessments include opinion and informative/explanatory prompts. Grades 6-10 writing modular assessments include argumentative and informative/explanatory prompts.

WY Educator Authored Assessments (Authoring Tool)

Wyoming educators also have access to the Authoring Tool to create their own assessments in the same system as the Wyoming assessment system. The authoring tool gives educators the ability to build the same types of items that appear on the WY-TOPP and WY-ALT assessments. Assessments built in the Authoring Tool are administered in the Secure Browser and scores will appear in the Centralized Reporting System alongside the WY-TOPP suite of assessments. Educators can build assessment items aligned to any of the 10 content areas of the Wyoming Content & Performance Standards and to the three areas of the Wyoming Extended Standards.

WY-TOPP Technical Report

Please contact Becca Velikaneye, WDE Assessment Supervisor, at 307-777-6804 or rebecca.velikaneye@wyo.gov for a copy of the WY-TOPP Technical Report.