Assessment Newsletter (Volume 5, Issue 59)

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April 20, 2018  |  WDE Assessment Updates  |  Volume 5, Issue 59



The Writing segment is part of the ELA assessment in grades 3, 5, 7, and 9. Test Administrators will need to approve initial entrance into the ELA assessment and again before the Writing segment. Once started, the writing segment must be finished. TAs should not approve access to the writing segment unless students will have time to complete the writing. Schools may allow students to organize and draft their responses on scratch paper. Keep in mind that the test will still need to be attended to as it will "time-out" after 30 minutes of inactivity. Please ensure that all scratch paper is securely destroyed after testing. It is recommended to schedule the writing assessment earlier in the school day to ensure sufficient time for administration.

Please follow the link below to view a new FAQ about auto-scoring the writing segment of the WY-TOPP assessment.

NEW FAQ Auto Score


The WY-ALT Independent Field Test window is April 9- April 27. 

If you missed the WY-ALT IFT test administration webinar on April 11th, please follow this link to view the recording of the webinar.

WY-ALT students will be participating in an online independent field test during the window April 9-27. There will be 10 items per subject. The online assessment is adaptive and eliminates the use of the Student Placement Questionnaire and the Scale Score Starting Points Table. Follow the links below to the manuals and resources for training Test Administrators. 


WY-ALT IFT Quick Start Guide

WY-ALT IFT Test Administrator User Guide

WY-ALT IFT Test Administrator PowerPoint

The IFT is administered through TDS and requires two devices that can connect to the internet (i.e., computers, tablets). One device will be used to access the Test Administrator Interface, accessible through the Wyoming Assessment Portal. The other device will be used to access the Student Interface through the Secure Browser. The Technology Coordinator is responsible for downloading and installing the Secure Browser on all devices used to access the Student Interface. Please review the Secure Browser Installation Manualf or more information.

Text-to-Speech is required for the IFT. Please review the Technical Specifications Manual for more information on Text-to-Speech, and the Voice Pack Installation Guide for information on downloading the Julie Voice Pack for students who are testing on Windows computers.

Please contact your technology coordinator to install the secure browser on the devices that will be used by your WY-ALT students prior to the independent field testing window. Click on the links below for technology guidance:

System Requirements for Online Testing

Secure Browser Installation Manual

Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing


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Application deadline has been extended to April 23rd.

We are calling Wyoming educators who are interested in contributing to setting the proficiency levels descriptors (PLDs) for the WY-TOPP assessments in English Language Arts grades 9-10, mathematics grades 9-10, and legacy science (2008 standards) for grade 10. The PLD meeting will be held in Cheyenne on June 19-20, 2018. Travel and lodging reimbursements will be offered to panel members traveling from outside of Cheyenne. All applications submitted by 11:59 p.m. on April 23, 2018 will be considered. Follow this link to apply for consideration to participate


This survey is from WIDA and focuses on your experience administering ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, and WIDA Screener. We value your input, so it would be extremely helpful to have your thoughts. The survey will take 5 minutes or less to complete. We appreciate you completing the survey as soon as possible. To participate in the survey, please follow this link.


June 7th in Casper, WY or June 8th in Riverton, WY

EL teachers and EL coordinators have the opportunity to learn how the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Reports provide important information about students’ academic English language proficiency. Participants will examine the different types of reports available and each report’s function. Participants will also discuss the connection between the score reports and the WIDA ELD Standards and Assessment System, and how these reports can serve as a tool to initiate discussion about instruction. 



April 23rd - deadline to submit exemption requests for the WY-TOPP assessment

This year the department will be using a Secure Google Drive folder to collect exemption request documents from districts. Please contact Catherine Palmer at to request access to your campus' Secure Google Drive Folder. Here is a link to the exemption request document. Please view this tutorial on how to submit your exemption request and documentation. If a student is approved for an EL exemption, he/she is only exempt from the ELA portion of the assessment. The student must still complete the math and science portions of the assessment.


  • April 9-27: WY-ALT Independent Field Test window
  • April 16-25: WY-TOPP paper test, large print, and braille 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)
  • April 23: Deadline to submit exemption requests
  • April 24: ACT Emergency Makeup date (paper)
  • April 24-30: ACT Emergency Makeup window for Accommodated tests (paper)
  • May 2: WorkKeys material return via prescheduled pickup
  • May 3: Marzano - Phase IV: Standards Based Grading - Evanston
  • June 7: ACCESS 2.0 Score Reports Workshop - Casper
  • June 8: ACCESS 2.0 Score Reports Workshop - Riverton
  • June 19-20: WY-TOPP Proficiency Levels Descriptors Educator Panel in Cheyenne
  • June 21-22: WY-TOPP Science Content Bias and Fairness Review in Cheyenne
  • July 10-12: WY-TOPP Standard Setting Educator Panel in Cheyenne