Assessment Newsletter (Volume 5, Issue 52)

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March 2, 2018  |  WDE Assessment Updates  |  Volume 5, Issue 52


WY-ALT testing window is February 26th - March 28th.

The Data Entry Interface (DEI) is now accessible through the Wyoming Assessment Portal. Personnel entering student scores into the DEI must be assigned the proper user account (Alt TA or SS) and be certified in TIDE. In order to be certified, users must have attended a 2018 WY-ALT training. In addition, in order to enter scores for a student, the user and the student must be associated with the same school. All student scores must be entered into the DEI by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28. Failure to submit scores in the DEI will result in no scores reported. Through March 28, DTCs can also add, edit, and delete student records in TIDE. 
The DEI User Guide and a step-by-step video tutorial are available on the Portal.

The window to order additional WY-ALT materials is from February 12th - March 16th. Building Coordinators must submit additional material orders in TIDE. Orders will be approved by WDE. Please include your student count in the comment section of your order.

If you have any questions regarding the TIDE system, please refer to the TIDE User Guide and FAQs located on the Resources section of the Portal. You may also contact the Wyoming Help Desk at 1.888.897.8024.


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The WDE is seeking Special Education educators who are interested in serving on the WY-ALT Blueprint Committee for the new computer adaptive WY-ALT assessment. This committee will work on creating assessment blueprints for Math, ELA, and Science that align to the Wyoming extended standards. Extended standards are used with the students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Participants need to be able to commit to attending a two-day work session (face-to-face) that will occur April 4-5 in Cheyenne. Those interested in serving on this committee should complete this survey by 11:59 p.m. on March 11, 2018. Respondents will be notified of their selection status by March 16th.  Selected committee members will be given further information at that time, including payment, meeting location, and agenda.

Please follow this link to apply for consideration to participate.


This spring, Wyoming schools will have an opportunity to administer the ACT WorkKeys Assessment in the following window:

Test Mode and Test Window

ACT WorkKeys- Online April 17-May 1, 2018
ACT WorkKeys- Paper April 17-May 1, 2018

ACT will communicate information about ACT WorkKeys by email in late February. The communication will include information about the ordering paper window, online testing realm set up, training, etc.

Key information to keep in mind about ACT WorkKeys:

Late February- School Test Coordinators will receive an email from ACT with information about ACT WorkKeys

3/5/2018 – 3/9/2018 - The window to order paper test and to receive online testing realm information

Training-Attend one of ACT WorkKeys’ webinars. ACT offers recorded and live webinars on topics such as Introductions to ACT WorkKeys Online Test Administration, ACT WorkKeys Test Administration Training for Paper Testing, Explore What’s Changed with ACT WorkKeys, etc.

To view or register for a training please follow the link here.

For more detailed information please refer to the Wyoming- ACT WorkKeys Schedule of Events and the  Wyoming's ACT State testing Website.


Campuses can order additional testing materials through March 14th. Please follow the "How to Create and Submit Additional Order" instructions in the PearsonAccessnext User Guide. If you need additional ACT-approved accommodations or supports materials please contact the ACT accommodation help desk at 8000-533-6244 ext 1788. Wyoming state code is 51. 


Join Jon Cohen, the president of AIR Assessment, on March 8th at 2:00 p.m. for a webinar on "Scoring Writing on the WY-TOPP". The webinar will focus on the AI scoring process and the difference between scoring writing on the Interim and Summative assessments. There will also be time allotted during the webinar for questions. Please register for the webinar below and note the webinar will cap out at nine hundred and ninety-nine participants. 

You will receive a confirmation email after registering.


The WY-TOPP assessment system consists of Modular, Interim, and Summative assessments. Each type of assessment has a blueprint that is used to create the assessment. Please follow this link to view the WY-TOPP Assessment Blueprints and Rubrics webpage

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As you prepare to administer the WY-TOPP summative, please remember to add/edit student information. Information for students in grades K-10 must be uploaded prior to testing day. Log in to TIDE to update or add student information. Here is the link to the Wyoming Assessment Portal. See pages 24 and 41-44 in the TIDE manual for guidance on uploading student information. Please call the help desk at 888-897-8024 if you have issues with your student upload.


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Tuesday, March 6th at 3:30 p.m.

Join Antoinette Hallam and Dani Olsen on Tuesday, March 6th at 3:30 p.m. for a webinar on "Creating an English Learner Plan." The webinar will focus briefly on related components in the updated 17-18 EL Guidebook and important ELL Laws and Regulations.

This webinar is the first in a series of webinars that will be held quarterly. The webinars are designed to strengthen understanding on the components that must be evident within the District EL Plan, Individual EL (IEL) Plan, and identifying and serving English Learner (EL) Students. 

Click here for webinar login information



Congratulations and thank you for all the hard work and energy District Coordinators, EL Coordinators, and EL Teachers put into preparing, administering, and supporting each other on the ACCESS 2.0 test administration.

The testing window officially closed, February 27, 2018.

The deadline for UPS pickup of ALL secure test materials for return to DRC is Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Remember, if you do not have a daily UPS pickup, you must call UPS to schedule a pick the day before you need the pickup.

You can view the After Testing Tutorial posted in the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 training course on the WIDA website. You can access the training course from the Wyoming WIDA website. Click on the orange >My Account & Secure Login< button located in the top right corner of the page. Under ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Training Course, click on the >ONLINE Grades 1-12< button. Then click on “Afterward" in the banner on the top of the page. Finally, click on the blue and white button labeled >After Testing<. 


  • February 12-March 16: WY-ALT additional materials ordering window
  • February 26-March 28: WY-ALT testing window (Grades 3-11)
  • February 28: ACT Standard Administration Q&A webinar @ 3:30 p.m.
  • March 3-9: WorkKeys Window to order paper materials
  • March 3-9: WorkKeys Schools will receive online testing realm email and information
  • March 5-30: WY-TOPP paper test initial order window
  • March 6: "Creating an EL Plan" Webinar @ 3:30 p.m.
  • March 8: WY-TOPP Writing AI Scoring webinar @ 2:00 p.m.
  • March 14: ACT Deadline to order additional testing materials 
  • March 20: Option 1 - ACT paper test day
  • March 26: Marzano - Phase IV: Using Proficiency Scales with Exceptional Learners 
  • April 2-6: WorkKeys Schools will receive paper test materials
  • April 3: Option 2 - ACT paper test day
  • April 3-5 and 10-12: Option 3 - ACT online testing window
  • April 4-5: WY-ALT Blueprint Committee - Cheyenne
  • April 5: Marzano - Phase IV: Standards Based Grading - Casper
  • April 9-10: Marzano - Phase I & II: Assessment Literacy and Formative Assessment 
  • April 9-27: WY-ALT Independent Field Test window
  • April 16-25: WY-TOPP paper test late order 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)
  • May 3: Marzano - Phase IV: Standards Based Grading - Evanston
  • June 21-22: WY-TOPP Science Content Bias and Fairness Review in Cheyenne