Assessment Newsletter (Volume 4 Issue 29)

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September 23, 2016  |  WDE Assessment Updates  |  Volume 4, Issue 29

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Workshop

This workshop is designed for test coordinators and test administrators where the paper-based and/or online ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 asssessment is being administered in grades K through 12. All participants must have computers or tablets to access sample items and the WIDA Assessment management System.


December 5, 2016 in Casper, 970 Glenn Road. Register here:




December 7, 2016 in Rock Springs at Western Wyoming Community College. Register here:


For more information, contact Robin Holbrook ( or 307-777-5217


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!


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


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 23: Deadline to review NAEP materials and verify them online
  • October 3-23: Compass Testing Window
  • November 30: Wy-ALT Initial Pre-ID Window opens
  • November 30: TOMS training webinar at 3:30 pm
  • December 5 and 6: PD: The Art and Science of Teaching - Green River