Assessment Newsletter (Volume 5, Issue 5)

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February 10, 2017  |  WDE Assessment Updates  |  Volume 5, Issue 5


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PAWS Building Coordinator Training Webinar

Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Wyoming Department of Education hosted a training webinar on February 9th to review the role and responsibilities of the Building Coordinator for the 2017 PAWS administration.

Click here to view a video of the webinar for reference.

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.

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 Aspire: Technology Readiness Training

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

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

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +16465588656,3192481427# or +14086380968,3192481427#

Or Telephone:

   Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)

   +1 855 880 1246 (US Toll Free)

   +1 877 369 0926 (US Toll Free)

   Meeting ID: 319 248 1427

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 here.

Student at Computer


  • 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)