Assessment Newsletter (Volume 5, Issue 54)

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March 16, 2018  |  WDE Assessment Updates  |  Volume 5, Issue 54


Here is the link to the estimated testing times for the 2018 WY-TOPP Summative Assessment. When creating test schedules, please keep in mind that the writing segment in grades 3, 5, 7, and 9 should be completed in one sitting. Also, we recommend completing an entire subject in one day. Supervised breaks should be at most 15 minutes long. 

Please follow the link to the Test Security PowerPoint that can be edited for your target audience. The test security PowerPoint also includes a set of testing tools slides that are found at the end of the presentation.

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All 11th and 12th grade students have the opportunity to take the ACT WorkKeys assessment. 

After successfully completing Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents portions of the WorkKeys assessment, students will earn the ACT NCRC certificate.

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

Building coordinators should have received an email from ACT WorkKeys. The communication included information about the ordering paper window, online testing realm set up, training, etc.

Key information to keep in mind about ACT WorkKeys:

3/5/2018 – 3/16/2018 - The window to order paper tests has been extended.

If you have not received any information regarding ACT WorkKeys please call Jeremiah Barnhart at 319-337-1386.

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.


Antoinette Hallam and Dani Olsen held a webinar on Tuesday, March 6th titled "Creating an English Learner Plan." The webinar focused briefly on the related components in the updated 17-18 EL Guidebook and important EL Laws and Regulations.

Click this link to view the Q&A created after the webinar.

Click this link to view the PowerPoint that was used during the webinar.

This webinar was 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. 



Validation Window opens March 22, 2018

The Pre-Reporting Data Validation Window for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs for Wyoming starts on Thursday, March 22, 2018. Data validation is an important process of reviewing student test records to identify errors and make corrections before score reports are produced. This is designed to identify student demographic, accommodation, and test result records that could potentially contain errors, as well as provide the opportunity for corrective action before reporting. Follow this link to the WIDA AMS User Guide Supplement: Data Validation guide. This document provides instructions for completing data validation in WIDA AMS. Click on this link to view the a Post Testing Webinar.

After the close of your Data Validation Window, districts and schools WILL NOT have another opportunity to edit student data prior to reports being printed/posted to WIDA AMS.


Jon Cohen, the president of AIR Assessment, held a webinar on March 8th titled "Scoring Writing on the WY-TOPP". The webinar focused on the AI scoring process and the difference between scoring writing on the Interim and Summative assessments.

Please follow this link to view the recording of the webinar.


Key activities for campuses participating in the online ACT assessment:

  • By March 27th campuses should configure and freeze (lock down) the test environment.
  • 2 days before a testing session precache the test content in the system.
  • Create user accounts for room supervisors and create test sessions and assign examinees any time before the test date.
  • The day before testing, run "Prepare Session" for each test session that will have its first or only sitting the next day (you do this only once per test session).
  • On the day of testing, run "Start Session" for each test session that will have its first or only sitting that day (you do this only once per test session).

The PearsonAccessnext User Guide for the ACT has instructions for creating user accounts.

The ACT Technical Guide for Online Testing has instructions for configuring and freezing the test environment, and for precaching the test content.

The ACT Administration Manual for Online Testing has instructions for creating, preparing, starting, and unlocking test sessions, and for assigning examinees.

Your State testing website has resources for these activities under Validation and Preparation in the ACT section.


Please follow this link to the Quality Assurance Checklist. The Wyoming Department of Education will be using the Quality Assurance Checklist when conducting test site visits. The purpose of the visit will be to observe test security practices and answer any questions school staff may have about statewide assessment. Principals have already been contacted to schedule test site visits for the spring WY-TOPP administration. Please contact Catherine Palmer at 307-777-5296 or, if you have any questions regarding the checklist. 

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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

Newly Added


  • February 26-March 28: WY-ALT testing window (Grades 3-11)
  • March 3-16: WorkKeys Window to order paper materials
  • March 5-30: WY-TOPP paper test initial order window
  • 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