Assessment Newsletter (Volume 5, Issue 22)

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


June 23, 2017  |  WDE Assessment Updates  |  Volume 5, Issue 22


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


Individual Student Reports (ISR) and all aggregate-level reporting for schools and districts will be available for access in the ACT Aspire Portal on Friday, June 30, 2017.

For detailed instructions on accessing various reports via the ACT Aspire Portal, please refer to the ACT Aspire Portal User Guide (pages 109-118).

For support, please contact ACT Aspire Customer Service at 888.802.7502.


The WDE would like to thank everyone involved with a successful PAWS administration! Preliminary PAWS results are now available for the 2016-2017 administration on the PAWS ORS. A recorded webinar training on how to use the ORS is available here. Please contact ETS Customer Service at 877-327-9415 for TOMS support. 

Remember these are preliminary and confidential results. 


Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our accommodations and tools survey. We are collecting information to inform the creation of the new online assessment. This survey focuses on accommodations and tools that students use in the classroom. Please take time to complete the survey and/or share the survey with other educators.

Take-survey button


To prepare for the 2017-2018 ACT administration, we need each campus to choose a testing window. It is okay if we receive multiple submissions for one campus. The survey will be open throughout the summer. 

2018 ACT Dates
Take-survey button


Two options have been confirmed for a one-day in-person training for the new WIDA Online Screener. The confirmed dates are September 19th and 21st with one training tentatively slotted to take place in the Casper area and the other in the Rock Springs/Green River area. As with all WIDA trainings/PDs, there will be no registration cost. These trainings will only cover the Online version and not the Paper version.

As a reminder, the W-APT screener will be officially discontinued for grades 1-12 on January 1, 2018. The Fall semester will be a transitional time during which both the W-APT and the Online Screener can be used for grades 1-12. No changes will occur for Kindergarten screening. Due to this change, training will be necessary for educators who screen potential EL students in grades 1-12. 

Please note that WIDA Screener training can also be done anytime on-demand through the WIDA site, for both the Paper and Online versions. For those who prefer a more hands-on approach with a chance to ask any questions directly to a WIDA expert, these trainings will be a great opportunity to learn about Online administration of the new screener. 


The Wyoming Department of Education will confidentially release results from the 2017 PAWS and Wy-ALT assessments to school districts on Monday, June 26. School districts will have until Monday, July 10 to review the reports. District Superintendents will be asked to verify online that they have received and reviewed the data. 


  • June 20: PAWS Individual Student Reports (ISRs) available in TOMS
  • June 20-23: PAWS Campuses receive Individual Student Reports (ISRs)
  • June 26-July 10: Data verification window for PAWS and Wy-ALT data
  • July 7: ACT Aspire individual student reports and aggregate reports available in portal
  • July 28: ACT School, district, and state aggregate reports delivered
  • July 31-August 2: WAVE Conference
  • September 5: WY-TOPP Test the system day
  • September 12-13: Evanston - Phase I & II Literacy and Formative Assessment Workshop
  • September 19: WIDA Online Screener Training 
  • September 21: WIDA Online Screener Training
  • September 21-22: Gillette - The Art and Science of Teaching, Unit 1
  • October 11-12: Casper - The Art and Science of Teaching, Unit 1
  • October 18-19: Jackson - The Art and Science of Teaching, Unit 1
  • October 23-November 17: WY-TOPP Fall Interim window