Assessment Newsletter (Volume 4 Issue 29)

Update from the Wyoming Department of Education  |  view online |  website


September 16, 2016  |  WDE Assessment Updates  |  Volume 4, Issue 27


WDE Standards and Assessment Teams would like to highlight the following document as a resource developed in response to information teachers shared at our Item, Data, and Bias PAWS reviews this summer. Please click here to access a list of vocabulary and content to keep in mind this year.

  Math is hard!

REMINDER: Register NOW for the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress(NAEP)!


Instructions and registration materials were sent via regular mail this month to all elementary and middle schools selected for the 2017 NAEP, and also emailed to the schools’ principals.

Principals are asked to review the materials ASAP, designate a building coordinator and then ensure their school(s) register online for NAEP before Friday September, 23. So far, 60% of all principals have registered their schools.

Building coordinators will use a unique 8-digit school code highlighted in yellow in their school materials to create system-user accounts at After creating a system password, coordinators then need to complete the initial Provide School Information (PSI) section on the website.

CLICK HERE to view a brief video on completing the PSI. Creating a user account and completing the PSI should only take about 5-10 minutes of staff time.

Specific question(s) about NAEP at your school? Please contact Will Donkersgoed at or (307) 777-5133 for all NAEP-related questions and additional support. And please stay tuned to the WDE Assessment Newsletter for additional details re: 2017 NAEP in Wyoming.  Thank you!


ACT Aspire will not be sending hard copy Individual Student Reports (ISRs). Individual Student Reports can be downloaded as a zip file through the Aspire portal at . Below are the steps to take in order to access these documents:

  1. Log into the portal
  2. Hover the mouse over Summative Test and a list of options should appear
  3. Select View Summative Reports
  4. Click on the blue School button
  5. Finally download the file for the school and grade you would like to review and/or print and save it on your computer

ACT Aspire Reports Webinar Posted

The ACT Aspire Reports webinar from September 8th is now available. You can find it by selecting Training Recordings under Training in the Wyoming Avocet site or by clicking on the following link:


Attention Building Coordinators and Technology Coordinators

Software updates have been made to TestNav for the 2016 - 2017 ACT Aspire test administration. Please visit the link below to download the most current versions of the TestNav Apps:

Click here if you need help installing TestNav, please  call toll-free 888-802-7502 or email at

Professional Development - Phase III: The Art and Science of Teaching

The Wyoming Department of Education is pleased to present Phase III in the Professional Development series with Jan Hoegh, Marzano Research LLC. The Art and Science of Teaching will be comprised of two consecutive Units.

Districts should send teams of 6 – 8 educators for both Unit 1 and Unit 2, since The Art and Science of Teaching will span four full days. Teams will include district or building leaders, instructional facilitators, and classroom teachers. Smaller teams will work with others attending the training. Act now! The first 60 registrants for each Unit 1 session will receive a one-year license to the Marzano Compendium of Instructional Strategies!

 [PTSB/UW Credit Pending]



  • September 21 and 22: PD: The Art and Science of Teaching - Riverton
  • September 23: Deadline to review NAEP materials and verify them online
  • December 5 and 6: PD: The Art and Science of Teaching - Green River