Assessment Newsletter (Volume 6, Issue 75)

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10-05-2018  |  WDE Assessment Updates  |  Volume 6, Issue 75


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This application is for any Wyoming special education educator working with students whose IEP teams have determined they will take the WY-ALT. We are looking for a representation of students in grades 3-10 with various cognitive levels and disabilities. You will be expected to administer a sample of WY-ALT items to (preferably) two of your students. There will be a short pre- and post- questionnaire. The test administration will be recorded by WDE staff; you will be asked to take notes on student response during the testing. The Cognitive Labs will be scheduled during the typical school day, at the student's home school, and facilitated by WDE staff. Teachers will gain valuable insight into how their students think and process information. Applicants may use this form to apply. All applications submitted by 11:59 p.m. on October 7, 2018, will be considered.



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

Currently, blueprints are available by content area.  Soon, you will be able to find grade-specific blueprints for grades K-2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. 



November 5-7, 2018

Wyoming educators are invited to participate in the upcoming Wyoming Alternate Assessment (WY-ALT) Content and Fairness Committee Meeting on November 5-7, 2018. The session on Monday, November 5 will be an afternoon session. The November 6 session will last the full day. The November 7 session will be over by noon.

This committee will review items from the ALT collaborative's partner states. 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.

Selected panelists will receive a flat reimbursement of $300/full day and $150/half day to cover their travel expenses.  This amount will not exceed $600 for this event. If you are interested in serving on the Content and Fairness Committee, please complete the application form found at the registration button below by Wednesday, October 31.


ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Writing Field Test

It is imperative that WIDA recruit sites for the essential Writing Test field test, particularly tier A and high school students, since we have not met our recruitment goals in the past. 

The field test window for grades 1-3 will be November 14, 2018 through February 15, 2019. The window for grades 4-12 will be December 3, 2018 through March 1, 2019. All students in grades 1-3 will handwrite their responses, and those in 4-12 will keyboard. 

ACCESS will not pass peer review if they do not recruit a sufficient number of students. WIDA states are held to the following USDOE Peer Review Guidance:

  • Must provide evidence of appropriate field testing.
  • Field test student sample must be representative of the “population” of final test takers (of adequate size and diversity). 

If you would like to participate, please contact Alex Bauer at 1-608- 265-0601 or email

WIDA-Materials Ordering for ACCESS for ELLs & Alternate ACCESS for ELLs

October 17- November 28

If you are administering ACCESS for ELLs you must place a materials order, regardless of testing mode (online or paper). Please be advised that if you do not order tests for your school or district during this time frame, you WILL NOT receive any materials in the materials shipment. Pre-ID labels will be included in the initial materials shipment regardless of materials ordered.

 View the Ordering Materials tutorial in the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs training course. You may access the training course on the WIDA Secure Portal by logging in at the top right corner of the homepage.  Once you are logged in, you can select the appropriate training course.

All ACCESS for ELLs test materials will be ordered from DRC using WIDA AMS. Building Test Coordinators/District Test Coordinators will need to follow the test materials ordering procedures outlined in the WIDA Assessment Management System (WIDA AMS) User Guide which is located on WIDA AMS.  


  1. Log in to WIDA AMS. 
  2. Click Materials>Materials Ordering
  3. Choose the administration WY ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 2018-2019.
  4. Click Show Materials.

ACCESS for ELLs District/Building Testing Coordinator & Online Test Administrator Training

November 5, 2018 - Evanston, Wyoming  

Audience: District Test Coordinators, Building EL Coordinators, Test Administrators/Coordinators, Principals & anyone interested

During the morning session, participants will learn: 

  • ordering and distributing materials, 
  • setting up testing schedules, 
  • monitoring test administrator certifications. 

During the afternoon session, test administrators will explore how the WIDA Standards and Assessment System is connected to the ACCESS for ELLs Online. 

Participants will: 

  • Learn to administer the online test to students,
  • Access sample items and the WIDA Assessment Management System,
  • Identify the purpose of the WIDA Accessibility and Accommodations Framework,
  • Explain the technology basics for ACCESS for ELLs,
  • Describe the administrative functions of test coordination in WIDA AMS,
  • Explain scheduling, test administration monitoring and materials management,
  • Discuss the features of each of the different ACCESS for ELLs suite of assessments, 
  • Identify the different aspects of paper test administration such as domain test details,
  • Explain the procedure for scoring the speaking test.

(Participants may attend ½ day of training, but encouraged to attend the full day).

To register:

Understanding Quantile Measures (Video)

Metametrics has provided a new video about 'Understanding Quantile Measures' for Wyoming teachers, parents, and other interested persons. This presentation addresses: what Quantile measure are; Quantile skill and concept measures; how Quantile measures can be used; tools and research-based resources for using Quantile measures.

Please follow the provided link to view the presentation.

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October 15: New Deadline for Public Comments

The National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), is collecting public comments as part of an effort to revise their policy on developing student achievement levels for each NAEP assessment. The existing policy, last updated in 1995, needs to be revised to reflect current best practices in standard-setting and to address some of the recommendations from a recent evaluation of the NAEP achievement levels. The Governing Board is seeking public comment to guide our achievement levels policy revision and help fulfill our legislative mandate.The deadline for comment has been extended. Visit their special page to receive more details and background, review related materials, and submit comments no later than October 15.  


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Because the test has gone online this year, and will be computer adaptive, WY-ALT test administrators must attend an in-person session this year, as there will be no refresher trainings. Trainings will be located around the state, and will be presented in half-day sessions. Please see the dates and locations below. When actual locations are finalized, the information will be provided. Please look for a registration announcement in an upcoming newsletter. Though not offered this year, we will be providing online refreshers trainings for the 2019-2020 test administration. In the meantime, it would be a good idea to make sure your ALT students are uploaded and identified correctly in TIDE.

WY-ALT Training Locations

  • Monday, January 7, 2019 - Cody/Powell area
  • Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - Gillette
  • Thursday, January 10, 2019 - Casper
  • Friday, January 11, 2019 - Green River/Rock Springs area 
  • Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - Cheyenne


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October 30, 2018 at 2:00 and 3:30

Mark you calendar! American Institutes for Research (AIR) will host two webinars on October 30 that will focus on WY-TOPP Interim and Summative results. 

ORS Webinar (teachers) October 30 at 3:30 p.m.:

  • WY-TOPP assessment system: connections between Modular, Interim, and Summative Assessments
  • reports available & navigation (focus on individual and classroom group reports)
  • results of summative assessments: overall and reporting category interpretation (at student level)

ORS Webinar (administrators) October 30 at 2:00 p.m.:

  • WY-TOPP assessment system: connections between Modular, Interim, and Summative Assessments
  • reports available & navigation (focus on school and district level reports)
  • results of summative assessments: overall and reporting category interpretation (aggregate reports)
  • differences between ORS reporting and formal reporting for accountability

2:00 p.m. for Administrators


3:30 p.m. for Teachers



  • October 22-23: WY-TOPP ELA, Math, and Science Item Review Committee - Cheyenne
  • October 30: WY-TOPP results webinar for administrators 2:00
  • October 30: WY-TOPP results webinar for teachers 3:30
  • November 5: ACCESS 2.0 Test Coordinator Training 8:00 - 11:00 - Evanston
  • November 5: ACCESS 2.0 Test Administrator Training 1:00 - 4:00 - Evanston
  • November 8: ACT Accommodations Q&A at 3:30
  • December 3: ACCESS 2.0 Test Coordinator Training 8:00 - 11:00 - Riverton
  • December 3: ACCESS 2.0 Test Administrator Training 1:00 - 4:00 - Riverton
  • December 18-19: WIDA Engaging ELs in Science Workshop - Green River
  • January 7: WY-ALT Test Administrator Training - Cody/Powell area
  • January 9: WY-ALT Test Administrator Training - Gillette
  • January 10: WY-ALT Test Administrator Training - Casper
  • January 11: WY-ALT Test Administrator Training - Green River/Rock Springs area
  • January 14: ACCESS 2.0 Test Coordinator Training 8:00 - 11:00 - Cheyenne
  • January 14: ACCESS 2.0 Test Administrator Training 1:00 - 4:00 - Cheyenne
  • January 15-February 8: WY-TOPP Winter interim window (Grades 3-10)
  • January 22: WY-ALT Test Administrator Training - Cheyenne
  • 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)
  • January 29: ACT Test Administration Q&A at 3:30
  • February 28: ACT Test Administration Q&A at 3:30
  • March 11-12: WIDA Scaffolding Workshop - Sheridan
  • March 11-April 24: WY-ALT online assessment window (Grades 3-10)
  • 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)
  • May 20: ACCESS 2.0 Interpreting Score Reports for Instruction Workshop - Riverton
  • May 21: ACCESS 2.0 Interpreting Score Reports for Instruction Workshop - Casper