Assessment Newsletter (Volume 6, Issue 83)

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December 7, 2018  |  WDE Assessment Updates  |  Volume 6, Issue 83


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January 14, 2019 - Cheyenne, 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).



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

WIDA is seeking Wyoming educators and students who are interested in participating in the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Writing field test. This is an excellent opportunity for students and administrators to practice for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. 

This field test gives students and administrators practice and preparation for testing.

  • Testing time will be approximately 20-30 minutes and participating campuses will receive a small stipend for school supplies.
  • Students in grades 1-3 may test November 14, 2018 through February 15, 2019. (All students in grades 1-3 will hand write their responses)
  • The window for grades 4-12 is December 3, 2018 through March 1, 2019. (All students in grades 4-12 will keyboard their responses)

The field test may be administered before or after a student completes their operational testing.

Thank you for your continued dedication and effort supporting the development of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. Please contact Antoinette Hallam at with questions regarding Wyoming state policy for the ACCESS 2.0 assessment.


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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



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+.


New technology quick guides have been created for the 18-19 online administration. These guides contain information for configurations, troubleshooting, and installation of the Secure Browser. Please see the new available resources below for your convenience:


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.


  • 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
  • January 31: WY-ALT Test Administrator Training 4:00 - 7:00 - Cheyenne
  • 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