Assessment Newsletter (Volume 5, Issue 32)

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September 29, 2017  |  WDE Assessment Updates  |  Volume 5, Issue 32


Technology Directors (TD), District Assessment Coordinators (DC), and Building Coordinators (BC) are encouraged to contact the AIR Wyoming Help Desk with any questions regarding the WY-TOPP assessment. 

Tel 888-897-8024

Fax 877-218-7663


The window to administer the ACCESS 2.0 exam is January 23, 2018 - February 27, 2018. Please see the Wyoming Department of Education ACCESS 2.0 website and the WIDA Wyoming Website for more information.


The 2017-2018 WY-TOPP Test Administration Manual (TAM) is now available. Please read the manual prior to administering the WY-TOPP Interim or WY-TOPP modular exams. 

Link to WY-TOPP Test Administration Manual Interim and Modular Assessments Fall 2017 and Winter 2018



American Institutes for Research will host two AIR Ways reporting webinars. Educators will learn how to interact with the modular and interim assessment reporting system. AIR Ways reporting allows educators to look at school level, class level, and individual student results. 

Mark your calendar! Webinar links will soon be available.

October 16, 2017 - 3:00 p.m

October 19, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.



The Wyoming Department of Education would like to invite educators to attend a 30-minute Writing Webinar to gain information around the new WY-TOPP Writing Assessment. During the webinar, we will guide educators through accessing the writing rubrics and writing resources.

No registration is required. Please click on the link below when you are ready to join the specific webinar. 

October 24, 2017 - 7:15-7:45 a.m.

October 25, 2017 - 12:00-12:30 p.m.

October 26, 2017 - 4:00-4:30 p.m.



Mark your calendar! The Wyoming Department of Education and American Institutes for Research are inviting Wyoming educators to apply for consideration to participate in the WY-ALT Content and Fairness review committee. Educators will review test questions for Math, ELA, and Science WY-ALT items that are aligned to the Wyoming Extended Standards for each subject. The committee will meet face-to-face the week of December 11-15 in Cheyenne, WY. The application for consideration will soon be available.


Dan Meyer

Wyoming has the opportunity to learn about the Desmos calculator through a webinar by Dan Meyer, a lead expert in mathematics.

This state-specific training will help support students working with the calculators they will use on the state assessment. 

Webinar Login Information

Wednesday, Oct. 11th

4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Registration is not required. Please click on the link below when you are ready to join the webinar.

Join at or phone +1.646.307.1990 

Conference ID:  791-280-991 #

The following are free resources for educators and students to learn and practice using the Desmos calculators that will be provided online for the WY-TOPP state assessment. The links include a four-function calculator for grade 6, scientific calculator for grades 7-8, and graphing calculator for high school.

Desmos Calculator - High School Quick Guide

Desmos Calculator - Grade 7 and Grade 8 Quick Guide

Desmos Calculator - Grade 6 Quick Guide

A deeper explanation of the Graphing Calculator is also available in this Desmos_User_Guide.

Please contact Jill Stringer at or (307) 777-5036 for questions regarding calculator use on the WY-TOPP assessment. 



OpenEd is a library of more than 500,000 educational videos, games, assessments, curriculum, and lesson plans that can be tailored to your school’s curriculum or student's educational needs. OpenEd is a free, online instructional content platform for K–12 educators and students.

The OpenEd “smart library” of resources connects instructional content to each student or classroom. Use this tool to discover student strengths and challenges through assessment and then offer them access to the relevant content they need. 

OpenEd resources include:

  • Splash Math
  • Crash Course
  • Khan Academy
  • Althea Publishers
  • Flocabulary
  • Gynzy
  • PowerUp What Works
  • Let’s Start Smart
  • BrainQuake
  • And many more

Please contact Rob Dennis, Wyoming’s ACT State Lead, at 307-761-9094 or with any questions regarding OpenEd, ACT, or WorkKeys. 


The Wyoming Department of Education and ACT look forward to sharing information about this free resource with you. OpenEd supports access for all students, with additional support for English language learners and special education students. Students can start test preparation today through the Wyoming OpenEd Student portal.

Join the ACT team to explore and learn more about this extensive library of resources. Upcoming webinars will introduce you to the OpenEd system, resources, and tools to enhance student learning.


Please register prior to the webinar date by clicking on the register here button.

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 2:30-3:30 p.m.


ACT will host ACT accommodation and administration webinars. Please register by clicking on a specific training date below.

November 9, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. - Accommodations Q&A 
January 29, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. - Standard Administration Q&A
February 28, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. - Standard Administration Q&A


Starting this 2017-2018 school year, the state will no longer provide the ACT Aspire assessment. School accountability will be measured using the WY-TOPP assessment for grades 3-10.

Reminder: The Aspire Portal will close on October 15, 2017, so please collect any data needed for your files.

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



All test administrators and proctors who plan to administer the WY-TOPP assessment during the 2017-2018 school year must complete the online Test Administrator Certification course. The course is approximately 30 minutes long, and the Wyoming Department of Education will ask Building Coordinators to keep documentation of completion for their staff. The course will be available starting October 3, 2017. Please follow this link to the AIR Wyoming Assessment Portal, and you will find the Test Administration Certification button in the top row and second column. The button will be grayed out until October 3rd


Phase I & II - Literacy and Formative Assessment

These trainings serve as foundational components within the comprehensive instructional framework that is further developed in Phase III -The Art and Science of Teaching. In this training, educators will gain an awareness of the research regarding classroom assessment, understand the difference among obtrusive, unobtrusive, and student-generated assessments, and how to use each in the classroom, learn data analysis practices related to classroom assessments, and learn attributes of high-quality performance tasks.

  • January 22 - 23 in Casper

Phase III - The Art and Science of Teaching Unit 1
Districts should send teams of 6 – 8 educators for both Unit 1 and Unit 2. The Art and Science of Teaching will span a total of four full days. Two days in the Fall and two days in the Spring. Teams will include district or building leaders, instructional facilitators, and classroom teachers. Smaller teams will work with others attending the training.

Unit 1

  • October 11 - 12 in Casper
  • October 18-19 in Green River

Unit 2

  • January 29 - 30 in Casper
  • February 1 -2 in Green River


The WY-TOPP training test will be available throughout the year for students, educators, and parents. The purpose of the training test is to become familiar with the look and functionality of the new online assessment. Accommodations are selectable prior to starting the training test. We encourage students and educators to practice using the universal tools. Students with IEPs are encouraged to practice using his or her specific accommodation(s) in addition to the universal tools that are available to all students. 


  • October 3: WY-TOPP Online TA Certification Course is open (30 minutes)
  • October 3: WY-TOPP TIDE is open
  • October 9-13: WY-TOPP Regional Trainings 
  • October 11: DESMOS Calculator Webinar @ 4 p.m.
  • October 11-12: Casper - Phase III The Art and Science of Teaching, Unit 1
  • October 16: AIR Ways Reporting Webinar @ 3 p.m.
  • October 18-19: Green River - Phase III The Art and Science of Teaching, Unit 1
  • October 19: AIR Ways Reporting Webinar @ 9 a.m.
  • October 23: WY-TOPP Assessment Viewing Application is open
  • October 23: WY-TOPP AIR Ways Reporting is open
  • October 23: WY-TOPP Modular assessments are available (Grades 3-11)
  • October 23-November 17: WY-TOPP Fall Interim window (Grades 3-10)
  • November 9: ACT Accommodations Q&A webinar @ 3:30 p.m.
  • January 16-February 9: WY-TOPP Winter Interim window (Grades 1-10)
  • January 29: ACT Standard Administration Q&A webinar @ 3:30 p.m.
  • January 22-23: Casper - Phase I & II Literacy and Formative Assessment Workshop
  • January 23-February 27: ACCESS testings window
  • January 29-30: Casper - Phase III The Art and Science of Teaching, Unit 2
  • February 1-2: Green River -  Phase III The Art and Science of Teaching, Unit 2
  • February 26-March 28: WY-ALT testing window (Grades 3-11)
  • February 28: ACT Standard Administration Q&A webinar @ 3:30 p.m.
  • March 20: Option 1 - ACT paper test day
  • April 3: Option 2 - ACT paper test day
  • April 3-5 and 10-12: Option 3 - ACT online testing window
  • April 16-May 11: WY-TOPP Interim Spring window (Grades K-2)
  • April 16-May 11: WY-TOPP Summative testing window (Grades 3-10)
  • April 17-May 1: WorkKeys testing window (Grades 11-12)