Assessment Newsletter (Volume 4 Issue 14)

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April 8, 2016  |  WDE Assessment Updates  |  Volume 4, Issue 14



In September 2015, the USED released new guidance, which requires states to demonstrate that their assessments are aligned with the full extent of their adopted content standards including speaking and listening. The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) will submit a waiver from the requirement to assess speaking and listening for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. Public comments may be submitted no later than April 19, 2016 through the following online survey:

Test Material Return Procedures

If you haven’t yet returned your Wy-ALT materials, please do so. Test Administrators (TA’s) should ensure that all test booklets, printed manipulatives, reading passage booklets, optional scoring worksheets (if used), and any other TA-provided printed manipulatives are packaged for return. TA’s may keep the physical manipulatives. All test materials that need to be returned to AIR should be given to the Building Coordinator (BC).

BCs can ship the TA Kits in the box that AIR used to ship materials to the school in February.  If the original box is no longer available, BCs can use another box to return the materials. BCs should affix the UPS return shipment label that was included in the BC kit (the clear plastic polybag included in your shipment)  to the top of each box, making sure that it is not applied across the box flap seam, and tape the box thoroughly.

If the school has a regularly scheduled UPS pickup, you may send your packaged Wy-ALT materials with this regular pickup. If the school does not have a regular UPS pickup, please contact the Wy-ALT Help Desk at 888-897-8024 or Give the agent your name, school, address, and tracking numbers, as well as the most convenient time and date for pickup.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Wy-ALT Help Desk at 888-897-8024 or


We are looking for 3 teachers to participate in item review for the Wyoming Alternate Assessment. Participants must have at least 2 years of experience working with students with significant cognitive disabilities and must have administered the Wy-ALT this year. The review will take place in Columbus, Ohio on June 7. June 6 and June 8 will be travel days. WDE will reimburse participants for travel, food, and lodging expenses.

Please submit letters of interest to Michelle Carroll at by April 13. For further information, please call Michelle at 307.777.3618


The Aspire testing window for students in grades 9-10 opens Monday, April 11th and runs through May 3rd.  At this point, all districts/schools should have completed infrastructure trials, set up proctor caching, established test sessions, moved students into those test sessions, and completed personal needs profiles for students with disabilities testing with accommodations.  If you have questions about any of these activities, please contact Jessica Steinbrenner at 777-8568 or the ACT Aspire Help Line at 888-802-7502.

ASPIRE Q & A Sessions

In order to support district and school staff, WDE is offering two final Q and A sessions for testing coordinators, technology coordinators, and test administrators to ask questions about the Aspire test.  These sessions are on April 13 and April 20; both sessions begin at 3:30 pm.  Please dial 307-439-4002 to participate. 



Presented by Jan Hoegh of Marzano Research                        

During this professional development workshop, Participants will:

  • Learn about a balanced approach for assessment that encompasses multiple items types based on proficiency scales; 
  • Learn attributes of high-quality performance tasks; and, 
  • Work in teams to develop high-quality performance tasks, scoring guides, and rubrics.  

There will be 2 sessions:

  • May 4 at 8 a.m. - Ramkota Hotel (Casper)
  • May 5 at 8 a.m. - Holiday Inn (Cheyenne)

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Discrimination Parameter

The property that indicates how accurately an item distinguishes between students of high ability and those of low ability on the trait being measured. An item that can be answered equally well by students of low and high ability does not discriminate well and does not give any information about relative levels of performance.


  • April 11 - 14: ACT: Test Coordinator Receives Secure Shipment of Testing Materials
  • April 11: ACT Aspire Testing Window Opens
  • April 11: ACT COMPASS Testing Window Opens
  • April 12: DAS: District Assessment Development Training for Elementary Educators - Riverton
  • April 12: WorkKeys Webinar for Test Administration for Online Testing 
  • April 15: WorkKeys Webinar for Groups and Batch Load for Online Testing
  • April 19: ACT Test Administration  
  • April 19: ACT WorkKeys Testing Window Opens
  • April 26: DAS: ELA and Social Studies District Assessment Development Training - Green River
  • April 27: DAS: Math/Science/STEM/CTE District Assessment Development Training - Green River
  • May 2: DAS: ELA and Social Studies District  Assessment Development Training - Sheridan
  • May 4: DAS: Performance Development Assessment For All Educators - Casper 
  • May 5: DAS: Performance Assessment Development For All Educators - Cheyenne