Assessment Newsletter (Volume 5, Issue 4)

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February 3, 2017  |  WDE Assessment Updates  |  Volume 5, Issue 4

REGISTER NOW: Test Security WebEx

WDE Assessment Team will be offering a webinar for Test Administrators, Building Coordinators, and others who assist with organizing test materials. Maintaining the security and confidentiality of the Wyoming student assessments is critical for ensuring valid test scores and providing standard and equal testing opportunities for all students. This webinar will address issues of test security (before, during, and after testing) and the forthcoming PAWS site visits in March.

There will be 2 WebEx sessions: 

  • February 22 - 3 pm to 4 pm
  • February 24 – 10 am to 11 am

We highly encourage your participation in one of these sessions.


Exemption Request Process

Consistent with last year’s practice, WDE will be accepting exemption requests in the following three categories:

  • Students who are expelled (or suspended pending expulsion) but still receiving services from the district,
  • Students who are served in out of state placements, and
  • Students who are ELLs who have been in US schools for less than a year (students must participate in the ACCESS in order to receive the exemption, and they are still required to participate in math (and science, if applicable)

The updated WDE673 form can be found here. To ensure confidentiality of these sensitive materials, the only method for submission of the WDE673 form and associated documentation is via the Wyoming Transcript Center. Faxes and mail are not acceptable methods of submission. Step-by-step instructions for the upload process can be found here.  

Exemption requests will be accepted and processed through the following dates:

  • PAWS:  March 17, 2017
  • Wy-ALT:  March 17, 2017
  • ACT and Aspire:  April 19, 2017

Additional 2017 Administration Materials are available here.

PAWS Test Administrator Training PowerPoint

Training slides are now available on the WDE website in 2017 Administration Materials. Edit slides to fit the needs of your district, campus, or training group.

ACT Aspire: Technology Readiness Training

Two training dates are available for Technology training to prepare for the ACT Aspire administration. You do not need to pre-register.



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

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

ACT Website Updates

On February 16th, the Wyoming ACT website will undergo changes in overall site navigation. 

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.

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ACT Suite Training Webinars

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

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)


  • 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)