Assessment Newsletter (Volume 6, Issue 82)

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November 30, 2018  |  WDE Assessment Updates  |  Volume 6, Issue 82


The deadline is November 30.

Campuses have until November 30 to log into PearsonAccessnext™ and indicate if your school will participate online or with paper/pencil. Please view the PearsonAccessnext™ User Guide for instructions on how to complete this process.

ACT Building Coordinators should have received an email on November 5th to establish your access to PearsonAccessnext™ when the participation window opened. If you did not receive an activation email please contact Customer Care at 800-553-6244 ext. 2800 (WY code is 51).

In addition to managing your participation, please verify your contact and shipping information. Follow the “Managing Contacts” instructions in the PearsonAccessnext™ User Guide to verify the test coordinator contact and shipping information. 


The deadline is February 15.

If you plan to administer the ACT® test online, it’s time to begin the site readiness process. During the site readiness process, you will configure your computers to ensure you can successfully test online.

To test online, complete the following:

  • Make sure your systems meet the technical requirements and run App Check on every computer.
  • Install proctor caching software and complete TestNav configuration in PearsonAccessnext by February 15, following the instructions in the Technical Guide.
  • Make sure all examinees testing online have “online” marked as their delivery format in PearsonAccessnextTM. Follow the “How to Change an Examinee’s Test Format” instructions in the ACT Test Administration Manual Online Testing.
  • We strongly encourage that you conduct a mock administration before the proctor cache deadline.

If proctor caching is not complete by the deadline, all students will be switched to paper testing and appropriate test materials will be shipped.


The deadline is February 15. 

Accommodations and EL supports approved by ACT result in reportable scores. Requests are submitted in the Test Accessibility and Accommodations System (TAA).

Non-college reportable (NCR) accommodations do not need ACT approval and scores will not be reported to third parties. NCR materials are ordered in PearsonAccessnextTM.

To Do for the ACT 

  1. Follow the instructions in the TAA User Guide to submit ACT accommodations and/or supports requests by Friday, February 15.
  2. February 22 through March 22: Order the appropriate non-college reportable accommodations and/or supports materials in PearsonAccessnextTM. Follow the instructions in the PearsonAccessnext User Guide.


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December 18-19, 2018
Green River, WY 8:30 - 4:30

Audience: Educators, Curriculum Coordinators, Principals & anyone interested in participating.

This interactive two-day workshop offers educators time to delve into strategies to engage English Language Learners utilizing science practices. After developing a common understanding of language expectations, we will explore strategies and supports that foster a language-rich environment.

Through hands-on experimentation and analysis of language embedded within the content and practices of science, participants will have a deeper understanding of how to engage language learners of a variety of proficiency levels. The workshop will conclude with participants using a planning tool that will help them apply the process to their lessons.

WIDA Presenter: Justine Kolb

WDE Facilitators: Antoinette Hallam, EL & Foreign Language Consultant; Sharla Dowding, Science & C/VE Consultant

Participants will be able to:

  • Create a common understanding of academic language and proficiency levels.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the Science and Engineering Practices
  • Engage in instructional strategies that support creating language rich environments for students to create meaning of the science and engineering practices
  • Apply targeted supports for a variety of proficiency levels


December 3, 2018 - Riverton, 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).



The Spring 2019 WY-ALT Training Registration site is now open and will close Thursday, January 3, 2019. No additional requests for registration will be taken after registration closes. 

This year, all Spring 2019 Alternate Assessment Test Administrators (TA-ALTs) must attend an in-person WY-ALT training, even if you administered the WY-ALT in 2018.

Training Locations and Dates:

You must attend an in-person training to administer the test. Sign-in sheets from trainings will be used to ensure all attendees are granted the proper access to the Test Delivery System during the testing window.

In addition, all Spring 2019 TA-ALTs must take the online TA Certification Course, available via the Wyoming Assessment Portal. Completing the course will flag your TIDE account as “TA Certified.”

If you have questions, please contact the Wyoming Help Desk at You will receive a reply within 24 hours regarding your inquiries.



The Wyoming Alternate Assessment for Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities (WY-ALT) is aligned to the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards Extensions (WyCPS) and designed to allow students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in an appropriately rigorous assessment. All information about the WY-ALT is available on the WY-ALT Portal.

The assessment blueprint is a detailed outline that explains the knowledge and skills that are tested on the assessment. Please see the updated WY-ALT blueprints below.

WY-ALT ELA blueprint
WY-ALT Math blueprint
WY-ALT Science blueprint


The “Prepare for Assessment” section of the MyNAEP online system becomes active on Monday, December 3rd. Each step within Prepare for Assessment has a brief 4-6 minute video tutorial, describing how to get your school ready for NAEP.

Here are links to the Prepare for Assessment tutorials: 

Review and Verify Students Selected for NAEP

Complete SD and ELL Student Information

Manage Questionnaires

Notify Parents                                 

Plan for Assessment Day

Encourage Participation

Before leaving school for the Holiday break, we strongly recommend that building coordinators log-on to the online MyNAEP system at and complete each of the above Prepare for Assessment steps. The final preparation step, Update Student List, becomes available following Holiday break and should reflect January student enrollments.

NAEP field representatives will be calling building coordinators in mid-December to establish contact and discuss next steps/timelines. Your NAEP field representative is THE go-to-person and #1 point-of-contact for all building coordinators’ questions, support and preparation steps on NAEP at their school(s).

Collaboration with NAEP field staff is critical; therefore, if building coordinators are unavailable to take their NAEP field representative’s initial call to the school, we strongly recommend that coordinators return the phone call immediately or as soon as possible. Thank you.

Please contact Will Donkersgoed at (307) 777-5133 or with general questions regarding the 2019 NAEP in Wyoming.


WY-TOPP logo

AIR facilitated two Online Reporting System (ORS) trainings and one AIR Ways Reporting System training in October.

Click on the links below to view the recorded webinars.

Online Reporting System (ORS)
AIR Ways Reporting System 

Click on the links below to view the presentation slides for each training.

ORS Administrator
ORS Teacher
AIR Ways


Desktop computer

AIR is now able to support testing for MacOS version 10.14. All field users using MacOS version 10.13 and 10.14 should update their Secure Browser to the latest version of 10.6 for future testing. Users please uninstall the old version of the Secure Browser and install the newest version 10.6 by December 31, 2018. After this date, Secure Browser v10.5 will no longer be supported for MacOS. Please see the installation link on the Secure Browser page.

If you need any help with installation steps access the Secure Browser Installation Manual or call the for support.

Note the new browser will work on all versions of macOS that’s supported 10.9+.


  • 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 Science Workshop - 8:30 - 4:30 - Green River
  • January 7: WY-ALT Test Administrator Training 9:00 - 12:00 - Powell
  • January 7: WY-ALT Test Administrator Training 1:00 - 4:00 - Powell
  • January 9: WY-ALT Test Administrator Training 9:00 - 12:00 - Gillette
  • January 9: WY-ALT Test Administrator Training 1:00 - 4:00 - Gillette
  • January 10: WY-ALT Test Administrator Training 9:00 - 12:00 - Casper
  • January 10: WY-ALT Test Administrator Training 1:00 - 4:00 - Casper
  • January 11: WY-ALT Test Administrator Training 9:00 - 12:00 - Rock Springs 
  • January 11: WY-ALT Test Administrator Training 1:00 - 4:00 - Rock Springs 
  • 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 9:00 - 12:00 - 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 Webinar at 3:30
  • February 15: ACT site readiness check deadline
  • February 15: ACT accommodations/supports request deadline
  • February 28: ACT Test Administration Q&A Webinar 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