Assessment Newsletter (Volume 6, Issue 86)

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January 14, 2018  |  WDE Assessment Updates  |  Volume 6, Issue 86


WY-TOPP Modulars: September 10, 2019 - June 12, 2020
WY-TOPP Interim (Fall): September 10 - October 4, 2019
WY-TOPP Interim (Winter): January 14 - February 7, 2020
WY-TOPP Interim (Spring): April 14 - May 8, 2020
WY-TOPP Summative: April 14 - May 8, 2020
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0: January 21 - February 25, 2020
WY-ALT: March 9 - April 22, 2020
ACT (option 1): Initial Paper - March 24, 2020
ACT (option 1): Initial Accommodated Paper - March 24-27, 30, 31, April 1-3, 2020
ACT (option 1): Initial Online Standard & Accommodated - March 24-26, 31, April 1-2, 2020
ACT (option 2): Makeup Paper - April 7, 2020
ACT (option 2): Makeup Accommodated Paper - April 7-10, 13-17, 2020
ACT (option 2): Makeup Online Standard & Accommodated - April 7-9, 14-16, 2020
ACT (option 3): Final Paper - April 21, 2020
ACT (option 3): Final Accommodated Paper - April 21-24, April 27 - May 1, 2020
ACT (option 3): Final Online Standard & Accommodated - April 21-23, 28-30, 2020


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The winter interim window is January 15 - February 8

The optional WY-TOPP winter interim includes ELA and mathematics assessments for students in grades 3-10. Review the following test administration manuals prior to administration.

Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) manual

Test Administration Manual 

For questions, or more information, contact the Wyoming help desk at 888-897-8024 or

*Please note UEB and EBAE Braille codes will be available during the WY-TOPP winter interim window. 


The mandatory ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment window is January 22-February 26

All students identified as an English Language Learner must be assessed annually in the language domains of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. ELL students who also have an IEP or 504 plan may use documented accommodations on the ACCESS 2.0 assessment. IEP and 504 teams do not determine if a student will participate in the exam. These teams determine how a student will participate in the ACCESS 2.0 assessment. 

Test materials arrived in your district on Monday, January 7. An overage was provided. Should the shipment, including the overage, still fall short of the need, the window for supplemental orders is open until February 19.

You can set up test sessions in the WIDA AMS. Please note, that campuses may add newly enrolled ELL students to test sessions who were not classified as ELs on the 684 file that was submitted in October.

Please click on the link to view the WIDA AMS User Guide.


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Please follow this link to the Quality Assurance Checklist. The Wyoming Department of Education will be using the Quality Assurance Checklist when conducting test site visits. The purpose of the visit will be to observe test security practices and answer any questions school staff may have about statewide assessment. 



Additional materials ordering window is January 7 - February 19

The additional materials ordering window for ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs will be available from January 7, 2019 through February 19, 2019. During this time, you may order additional testing materials needed via the WIDA AMS Additional Materials functionality.

  • Your initial shipment of test materials include extra copies to ensure that additional orders will rarely be required. These materials must be used before any orders for additional materials may be placed.
  • Test Administrators who need additional materials must consult and get approval from the District Test Coordinator to determine whether the district has the material on hand or whether an order for additional materials is necessary.
  • With the exception of a few large metropolitan areas, orders for additional materials may be placed by District Test Coordinators only.

For assistance with ordering additional materials, view the Additional Materials Ordering tutorial posted in the ACCESS for ELLs training course on the WIDA Secure Portal. You may access the training course by selecting either Paper-Based Training or Online Training course. From there, click on the 'Preparing Tab' and scroll down until you get to the Additional Materials Orders Tutorial button.


  • To order additional materials, log in to WIDA AMS and select Materials > Additional
    Materials along the top navigation menu.
  • Once on the Additional Materials page, select the correct Administration, District, and the
    District-Level Additional Orders Only Site. The Add Order button will activate once the
    district-level ordering site is selected.
  • Once the order is complete, click Submit.
  • Contact DRC Customer Support with any questions at or 1-855-787-9615.


Due to low enrollment, the January 31 training in Cheyenne has been cancelled

The spring 2019 WY-ALT training registration window is now closed. No additional requests for registration will be taken.

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.”

All test administrators should review the Directions for Administration manual prior to administering the assessment.

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


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Paper response options order window is January 21 - February 4, 2019

If you have a student who participates in the WY-ALT assessment and needs paper response options, please flag the student as a "Paper Tester" in TIDE. Building Coordinators will need to order paper-accommodated test materials in TIDE during the ordering window. Please view the TIDE manual for guidance when ordering materials.

Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) manual


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.


January 29 and February 28 at 3:30 p.m.

ACT will host two Q&A webinars for Building Test Coordinators and District Test Coordinators. Topics that will be discussed during the webinar include:

  • Staff and facility requirements
  • Preparation activities, such as handling test materials and completing the examinee non-test information
  • Managing information in PearsonAccessnextTM
  • Test day policies and procedures
  • Returning test materials
  • Topics specific to your testing program

You must register 48 hours before the session start time.


January 29 at 3:30 p.m.assessment_register

February 28 at 3:30 p.m.


  • January 2-February 19: ACCESS for ELs additional materials ordering window
  • January 14: ACCESS 2.0 Test Coordinator Training 8 - 11 a.m. - Cheyenne
  • January 14: ACCESS 2.0 Test Administrator Training 1 - 4 p.m.- Cheyenne
  • January 15-February 8: WY-TOPP Winter interim window (Grades 3-10)
  • January 21-February 4: WY-ALT paper response options ordering window
  • January 22: WY-ALT Test Administrator Training 9 a.m. - noon - 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 p.m.
  • February 15: ACT site readiness check deadline
  • February 15: ACT accommodations/supports request deadline
  • February 25-April 17: WY-ALT additional paper response options ordering window
  • February 28: ACT Test Administration Q&A Webinar at 3:30 p.m.
  • 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