EDITED Assessment Newsletter (Volume 5, Issue 19)

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


May 26, 2017  |  WDE Assessment Updates  |  Volume 5, Issue 19


Congratulations to a 6th grade student from Anderson Elementary School in Laramie County School District #1 for winning the Name the New Assessment Contest! WDE would like to thank all participants for their submissions. Contest submissions ranged from individual student submissions to classroom submissions. The name of the new Wyoming state assessment is WY-TOPP, Wyoming Test of Proficiency and Progress. Click here for the press release.


EDITED - WY-TOPP 2017-2018 Dates

We encourage you to read the preliminary information on our State Assessment System webpage. We are still in contract negotiations with American Institute for Research (AIR) for the Gr. 1-10 assessments. Specific details regarding the new assessment will be messaged to you when they become available. We have the dates for the 2017-2018 administration.

Load Test: Sept. 5, 2017

Fall Standards Based Interim (SBI-optional): Oct. 23, 2017 - Nov. 17, 2017

Winter Standards Based Interim (SBI-optional): Jan. 16, 2018 - Feb. 9, 2018

Modular Interims (SBM-optional): Available All Year

EDITED-Standards Based Summative (SBS): April 16, 2018 - May 11, 2018 



  • ACT Aspire Test Management System (TMS) Reports Webinar will be on June 1st. 
  • WorkKeys Reports are available in the portal. 

2017-2018 ACT Test Dates

Paper Standard Test Date (option 1)*: March 20, 2018 
Paper Accommodation Test Dates: March 20 – 23, 26, 2018 

Paper Standard Test Date (option 2)*: April 3, 2018 
Paper Accommodation Test Dates:  April 3 -6, 9-13, 16 -17, 2018          
Online Test Dates (Standard & Accommodated)*: April 3-5, 10-12, 2018  

Emergency Paper Test Date*: April 24, 2018         
Paper Accommodation Test Dates: April 24 – 27, 30, 2018

WIDA Trainer of Trainers Professional Learning Retreat

WDE and WIDA have organized a 3-day Trainer of Trainers Professional Learning Retreat in Laramie, WY from June 6-8. We encourage district level EL coordinators, Instructional Facilitators, and Teacher Leads to attend the training*. 

Click here to view the agenda for the retreat. The WIDA Professional Learning Retreat is an interactive workshop that is based on a student-centered, teacher-focused approach to engage participants in a variety of facilitation techniques that they can replicate for educators of ELLs to better understand academic language development.

Melissa Paton from WIDA, will facilitate the Learning Retreat and she has been very well received in the past and has done many of the past PDs in Wyoming. District staff in Jackson also felt it was a worthwhile opportunity when they had the retreat in their area.

You will receive PTSB renewal credit for attending the retreat. 
*Space is limited.


FUSION Announcement

The FUSION website will be down for maintenance on Friday, June 23, for the entire day. Data reports will not be available during this time.


  • June 1: ACT Aspire TMS Report Webinar
  • June 6-8: WIDA Professional Learning Retreat in Laramie
  • July 7: ACT Aspire individual student reports and aggregate reports available in portal
  • July 28: ACT School, district, and state aggregate reports delivered