Assessment Newsletter (Volume 5, Issue 3)

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January 27, 2017  |  WDE Assessment Updates  |  Volume 5, Issue 3

REMINDER: PAWS in-person Building Coordinator Training

Training Dates 

  • Green River, January 31, 9 am - 11 am
  • Green River, January 31, 1 pm - 3 pm
  • Powell, February 2, 9 am - 11 am
  • Powell, February 2, 1 pm - 3 pm

REGISTER NOW: PAWS Building Coordinator Training Webinar

If you are not already attending an in person session, please join us for a webinar on Feb 09, 2017 at 3:30 PM MST.

Register now for the Webinar!


Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Wyoming Department of Education will host a training webinar to review the role and responsibilities of the Building Coordinator for the 2017 PAWS administration.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

View System Requirements

REMINDER: PAWS Large-Print Forms

If you have a student who receives an accommodation for a Large-Print test form, please be aware that student responses must be transcribed to a standard-sized form before it is returned to the testing vendor for scoring. The vendor has neither the capacity nor capability for doing the transcription. 

Please contact the Assessment office if you have any questions.

ACT "Manage Your Participation"

For the 2017 Test Administration, ACT is offering Wyoming schools two choices for administering the ACT test. It is being offered online and/or paper/pencil.

If you would like to offer online testing in your school, please review the "Manage Your Participation" email. Test Coordinators will need to sign in to their PANext account. If you do not have an account, please contact the ACT Helpline: 800-553-6244 ext. 2800. 

Proctor Caching: ACT Plus Writing and ACT Aspire

This year proctor caching is required for any ACT suite testing. Proctor caching must be set up when administering online (ACT and/or Aspire). For more information about the technological components of this software and to read about other technological readiness components, please click on the following link:

Student at Computer


Building coordinators may now update student rosters and group students within the Aspire system. There is training available at .

  1. Start by entering your email address. This email address will be used to keep track of the videos and trainings watched for any future reference.
  2. Make sure that 'Summative' Tab is selected at the top of the page
  3. Once this is selected there will be a list of searchable categories on the left side.


                     -New testing coordinators might want to watch the initial videos under 'General                               Information'.
                     -Technology coordinators can find videos in the 'Pre-Test Tech Readiness'

                     -New test coordinators may also find helpful videos in 'Assessment Prep'   

ACT Suite Training Webinars

Keep these dates in mind for upcoming ACT and ACT Aspire Webinars:

ACT Aspire - Technical Readiness Training

- Feb. 8, 2017 - 3:00-4:00pm (MST)

- Feb. 14, 2017 - 3:00-4:00pm (MST)

ACT Plus Writing – Question and Answer Session

- March 14, 2017 - 3:30-4:30pm (MST)

- March 16, 2017 - 10:00-11:00am (MST)

ACT Aspire - Test Administration Training

- March 21, 2017 - 3:00-4:00pm (MST)

- March 23, 2017 - 3:00-4:00pm (MST)


  • January 24 - February 28: ACCESS for ELLs Window Open
  • January 30-31: Phase l and II -  Assessment Literacy and Formative Assessment - Casper
  • January 30 - March 10: NAEP Administration Window Open
  • January 31: PAWS -  Building Coordinator Training (in person) - Green River
  • February 2: PAWS - Building Coordinator Training (in person) - Powell
  • February 2-3: Phase I and II - Assessment Literacy and Formative Assessment - Riverton
  • February 8: ACT Aspire Tech Readiness Webinar (3:00 pm)
  • February 9: Wy-ALT Refresher Training Webinar
  • February 14: ACT Aspire Tech Readiness Webinar (3:00 pm)
  • February 27-28: Phase I and II - Assessment Literacy and Formative Assessment - Cheyenne
  • February 28 - March 24: Wy-ALT Administration Window Open
  • March 6 - 24: PAWS Administration Window Open
  • April 10 - May 3: ACT Aspire Administration Window Open
  • April 19: ACT Administration (paper/pencil)
  • April 19 - May 3: ACT Administration Window Open (online)