Assessment Newsletter (Volume 5, Issue 24)

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July 21, 2017  |  WDE Assessment Updates  |  Volume 5, Issue 24



The 2017-2018 ACT WorkKeys testing window is April 17, 2018 - May 1, 2018. 

The ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate® assessments and credential will be updated to ensure ongoing relevance and alignment to the changing skill requirements of today’s jobs. The updated assessments will continue to measure the same core set of broadly relevant career readiness skills that have historically been measured by the assessments. 

As part of the new ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate assessment, you can expect the following key changes:

  • The updated assessments will be delivered on a new and improved assessment delivery platform
  • Certificated will become available to national users in PDF format at no additional cost
  • Spanish translation will become available to national users
  • New branding of assessment names and improvements

WorkKeys Applied Math (replaces Applied Mathematics)
34 items
55 minutes (both paper and online)

WorkKeys Graphic Literacy (replaces Locating Information)
38 items
55 minutes (both paper and online)

WorkKeys Workplace Documents (replaces Reading for Information)
35 items
55 minutes (both paper and online)

*You can expect to see these changes when you administer ACT WorkKeys in the spring of 2018. Additional information will be provided during the 2017-18 school year

*If you or your school administers ACT WorkKeys outside of the Wyoming Department of Education contract, these changes will impact you beginning this summer. Please ensure that you are informed of these changes by reviewing the information posted on the ACT WorkKeys News & Announcements site.


Individual Student Reports (ISR) and all aggregate-level reporting for schools and districts are available for access in the ACT Aspire Portal.

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 Aspire Portal will close on October 15, 2017. 


We are still collecting responses to the ACT Test Date survey. 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. 

ACT options

Click here to view the 2017-2018 Assessment Calendar.

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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. 

September 19, 2017 in Casper


September 21, 2017 in Rock Springs/Green River



  • July 10-14: 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: Casper - WIDA Online Screener Training 
  • September 21: Rock Springs/Green River - 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: TBD - The Art and Science of Teaching, Unit 1
  • October 23-November 17: WY-TOPP Fall Interim window