Assessment Newsletter (Volume 6, Issue 95)

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March 15, 2019  |  WDE Assessment Updates  |  Volume 6, Issue 95


WY-ALT administration window - March 18-May 1

Prior to accessing the WY-ALT assessment, Test Administrators (TA) must complete an online Learner Characteristics Inventory (LCI) survey about the student who is testing. The LCI will be presented on the student's device prior to starting the assessment. 

WY-ALT Test Administration Helpful Tips Sheet 

WY-ALT Participation Guidelines

Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) User Guide

Test Security Agreement

Spring 2019 Directions for Administration Manual

LCI Questionnaire


Please complete this brief survey as soon as possible

Attention: District Test Coordinators (DTCs) and Service Providers for Visually Impaired Students

WDE is providing this survey link for Districts with students using Braille to complete which details the number of Braille students in your district and the type(s) of delivery they use in order to access the statewide assessment system. 


The address verification window is March 4-29

In preparation for the delivery of the Individual Student Reports (ISRs) and the WY-ALT/WY-TOPP paper accommodated tests, all District Test Coordinators and/or Building Coordinators must verify school addresses in TIDE. It is important to ensure shipping addresses are correct.

School addresses can be verified using this pathway:
  1. Select "Orders" on the TIDE dashboard task menu.
  2. From the "Orders" task menu, select "On-Time Orders" to view the "Initial Orders" form.
  3. In the "Contact Info" panel, verify shipping information, this address should reflect your school address.
  • If an address edit is needed, click "Save" if entering the information for the first time, or
  • "Verify" if verifying or editing existing information.


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All students are expected to participate in the Wyoming Assessment System. Every effort must be made to inform parents, guardians, and students of the testing calendar. On behalf of a student, school administrators may apply for an exemption from participation for the following criteria:

  • The student is expelled for the entire testing window.
  • The student is an English Learner who has been enrolled in a US school for less than one year.
  • The student is placed in an out-of-state facility for the entire testing window.

Administrators should view the SAER site training video to learn how to submit exemption requests. Here is the direct link to the SAER webpage for when you are ready to submit an exemption.

In order to submit an exemption request, you must have a WyEd account. If you have a FUSION account, then you already have a WyEd account. If you do not have a FUSION account, then please register for a WyEd account by completing this request form.

Your WyEd user account will need "SAER User" access. You can request this role from the Roles drop down after you choose your district. If you have questions regarding your WyEd account, please contact Brian Wuerth at 307-777-6748 or


University of Wyoming

April 5-6, 2019, in Laramie (K-5 educators)
April 12-13, 2019, in Laramie (6-12 educators)

The Science and Mathematics Teaching Center at the University of Wyoming invites K-12 teachers, leaders, coaches, instructional facilitators, and administrators to participate in a two-day professional learning workshop focused on assessment, both formative and summative, associated with the Wyoming science standards.

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the state science standards and consider 3-dimensional (3D) assessment to meet the rigor of the standards.

Registration is $50. PTSB and UW credit available.

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6-12 Educators


  • February 25-April 17: WY-ALT additional paper response options ordering window
  • March 4-29: WY-TOPP and WY-ALT address verification window
  • March 4-29: WY-TOPP paper order window
  • 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 15-26: WY-TOPP additional paper form ordering window
  • 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)
  • April 26-27: Wyoming English as a Second Language Conference - Casper
  • May 21: ACCESS 2.0 Interpreting Score Reports for Instruction Workshop - Casper
  • May 22: ACCESS 2.0 Interpreting Score Reports for Instruction Workshop - Riverton