Assessment Newsletter (Volume 6, Issue 68)

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July 27, 2018  |  WDE Assessment Updates  |  Volume 6, Issue 68


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Mark your calendar! Regional WY-TOPP District Test Coordinator training will start August 28. AIR will conduct half day trainings on the dates listed below. Topics that will be discussed during the training include:

  • Wyoming Assessment Portal
  • Test Delivery System (TDS)
  • Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE)
  • AIR Ways
  • Online Reporting System (ORS)

Please mark your calendars for the date and location that works best with your schedule. 

August 28 - 8:30 - 11:30 in Cheyenne, 2810 House Ave. Rm. 306, Training Center
August 29 - 8:30 - 11:30 in Pinedale, 665 N. Tyler, Boardroom 
August 30 - 8:30 - 11:30 in Buffalo, 601 W. Lott St., Boardroom



September 17 - 20, 2018 in Cheyenne.

Wyoming educators are invited to participate in the upcoming Wyoming Alternate Assessment (WY-ALT) Content and Fairness Committee Meeting.

This committee will review new items developed for the WY-ALT Online Assessment for the 2019 administration. As a member of the committee, you will review items for alignment to the state academic content standards, target difficulty level, appropriate use of language, clear instructions, and any possible bias issues.

If you are interested in serving on the Content and Fairness Committee, please complete the application form found at the registration button below by Thursday, August 9.



The WDE is seeking one staff member from each district to become an EL District Facilitator, who will participate in a training series in the 2018-19 school year. Ideally, the facilitator should have experience in leading and training large groups, as well as experience with ELs or interest in learning more about ELs and training others. Each facilitator will learn how to host a professional learning opportunity entitled “Cultivating Practices to Support Language Learner Success." These hour-long training sessions will be held as webinars once a month for eight months. The webinars will not be recorded. It is necessary to attend all webinar trainings live in order to ask questions and to be more fully engaged with the content. The sessions support educators in using instructional practices that advance English language development and  academic achievement through WIDA’s English Language Development Standards. 

Facilitators will be provided all training materials for their districts, such as PowerPoint presentations, scripts, activities, and handouts. After each session, District Facilitators will host professional learning opportunities in their own districts. 

Each district is asked to determine the best person in their district to be part of this team of facilitators across the state. To register, complete the EL District Facilitator Registration Form below. More information can be found on this flyer and letter.



  • August 28: WY-TOPP District Test Coordinator Training - Cheyenne
  • August 29: WY-TOPP District Test Coordinator Training - Pinedale
  • August 30: WY-TOPP District Test Coordinator Training - Buffalo
  • September 4-28: WY-TOPP Fall interim window (Grades 1-10)
  • September 17-20: WY-ALT Content & Fairness Committee - Cheyenne
  • January 15-February 8: WY-TOPP Winter interim window (Grades 3-10)
  • January 22-February 26: ACCESS 2.0 assessment window (Grades K-12)
  • January 28-March 8: NAEP assessment window (Grades 4 & 8 for selected campuses)
  • March 11-April 24: WY-ALT online assessment window (Grades 3-11)
  • April 2: ACT paper test day (Grade 11)
  • April 2-4, 9-11: ACT online test window (Grade 11)
  • April 15-May 10: WY-TOPP Spring Summative window (Grades 3-10)
  • April 15-May 10: WY-TOPP Spring Interim window (Grades K-2)
  • April 16-30: WorkKeys assessment window (Grades 11 & 12)