Wyoming Digital Learning Plan May 2019 Newsletter

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May 2019

Welcome to the Digital Learning Plan (DLP) monthly newsletter

Welcome to the Digital Learning Plan (DLP) monthly newsletter. This newsletter will explore the Wyoming Department of Education’s (WDE) DLP, its goals, and suggested strategies to ensure equitable access to opportunities and success in postsecondary, career, and civic life. Future newsletters will provide resources for districts to create their own action and implementation plans for achieving these goals.

What to expect in this issue: 

1. Future Ready Gear 4

2. WyEd-FI

3. Innovative Idea

4. Professional Development

5. Coming up Next

Future Ready Gear 4

Data and Privacy

Data privacy and security are foundational elements of digital learning. The district verifies that sound data governance policies are enacted and enforced to ensure the privacy, safety, and security of confidential data sets. Such policies and procedures determine that access to authorized persons is secure. Education professionals have a range of resources, trainings, and services available to build their awareness and capacity to implement such policies and procedures with precision.

Data and privacy gear includes a folder with a lock on it.

The elements that comprise this Gear are as follows:

  • Data and Data Systems.
  • Data Policies, Procedures, and Practices.
  • Data-Informed Decision Making.
  • Data Literate Education Professionals.


A personalized, learner-centered environment uses technology to collect, analyze, and organize data to provide continuous cycles of feedback to students, teachers and other education professionals, with the intent of increasing the depth, breadth, complexity, and efficiency of learning. All policies and practices ensure student data privacy.


WDE Strategies

Student and educator data will be protected with privacy maintained in accordance with state and federal mandates.
  • Data Privacy.
  • Tech Directors Conference.
  • Tech Directors Workshop.
  • Data Retreats.
  • WyEd-FI.
Support a technology infrastructure providing opportunities for equitable education for all children attending Wyoming’s K-12 public schools.
  • QM Workshops.
  • Open Range Wyoming.
  • WyEd-Fi.
  • WY-TOPP Interim Assessments.
Every school has the capacity to successfully plan, procure, and manage their LAN/Wi-Fi networks.
  • WyEd-Fi.
  • WY-TOPP Interim Assessments

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WyEd-Fi-Wyoming District Dashboards logo

WyEd-Fi district dashboards are an easy-to-use data application that empowers educators with a complete and intuitive view of their students, classrooms, and schools. The dashboards combine data from the district student information systems, the WDE, and assessment vendors. Teachers can monitor critical student performance indicators, look for growth opportunities, and intervene appropriately. Administrators can get the needed information for more productive meetings.

States, districts, and schools across the nation are now using research-based indicators to identify students at-risk of failing to meet key educational milestones such as reading at grade level, on-time graduation, or college readiness. By identifying students early, educators can target interventions and supports to help students achieve readiness and success.

Empowering educators

WyEd-Fi’s Early Warning Dashboard identifies at-risk students in the following areas: attendance, course performance (mathematics and reading), and behavioral incidents. When at-risk students have been pinpointed, the WyEd-Fi Intervention Catalog helps districts seamlessly integrate the appropriate actions into your daily planning and monitor the response to these interventions. Users can create their own customized watch lists, just one of the many unique features that allow you to customize a group of students you’d like to monitor.

Some of the top uses include:

  • Group and track students struggling in specific areas (WY-TOPP Math/Reading, attendance, discipline, grades, college and career readiness, etc.).
  • Group and track students in areas needing a bigger challenge to remain interested.
  • Develop and track individual student growth and progress in a more efficient manner.

The current feature set includes the following core features:

  • Attendance and Discipline.
  • Grades and Credits.
  • Transcript (cumulative for all school years provided by SIS).
  • General demographic information – Students, Schools, and the district.

Wyoming Assessments (Individual data, and Aggregations for School-wide and District-wide use)

  • PAWS.
  • PAWS-Alt.
  • ACCESS-Alt.
  • ACT.
  • WY-TOPP (Summative and Iterim tests).
  • WY-ALT.

The WyEd-Fi Dashboards now offer new online self-paced training videos from within the system. Districts can participate in the dashboards free of cost. Don’t have the WyEd-Fi Dashboards in your district yet? Contact Jeremy Thigpen at jthigpen@espsg.com to set up a demo or get started on the implementation process.

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Innovative Idea

Sublette #1 Interim Assessment Usage

The challenge was how to take data from the 8th grade LA  WY-TOPP interim assessment given in January and use it to increase students’ scores on the WY-TOPP summative assessment in May.


Image is of a table representing student scores on the WyTOPP interim assessment

They began by asking each student to identify the Performance Level they believed they’d get in each area of the interim. That is, would they earn a “Low”, “At or Approaching” or “On or Above” in Reading Information, Reading Literature and Language/Vocabulary? Next, they created an interactive spreadsheet - or Learning Tracker - for each student that showed what they thought they’d get compared to how they actually did in the three areas. Students were asked to reflect on any discrepancies.

A table of students rating themselves on what they think they will score on the assessmentA table of what the students actually scored on the assessment comparing it to their rating.

Then, they broke the data down. For example, if Student X was “At or Approaching” in Reading Information and “Low” in both Reading Literature and Language/Vocabualry, they’d tease out the student’s results in the latter two areas to see which one Student X should focus on over the next few months. In this case, Student X answered 3 of 10 questions correctly in Language/Vocabulary and answered 1 of 10 questions correctly in Reading Literature, so they chose to push hard on the Reading Literature.

Completed assessment scores

This “push” had the Student X returning to her Learning Tracker where her area of improvement was highlighted and a series of four assignments were listed and linked to skill sets (such as IXL) or lesson reviews. Each Friday, students would work on these listed assignments and, upon their completion, would enter into the tracker their subsequent scores. This way both the student and the teacher could see how well the student was progressing and if additional work needed to be done prior to the summative assessment.

If you would like a more in depth look at this project you can view the 

Using Fresh Data to Generate Personalized Learning Paths Presentation Slides

 or recorded presentation or contact Steve Miller at smiller@sub1.org

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Digital Learning Upcoming Professional Development


  • The WDE will be offering Strategic CSforALL Resource & Implementation Planning Tool (SCRIPT) Training. The SCRIPT training will give districts the opportunity to think through the various aspects needed to provide equitable, high-quality computer science education in their district.
  • Please consider applying to attend one of these amazing trainings:
    • Rock Springs: June 4 & 5, 2019, Nov. 14, 2019, and June 4, 2020.

For more information, contact Robin Grandpre at 307-777-5315 or robin.grandpre1@wyo.gov or visit the CS webpage.

Open Education Resources Summer Workshops:

  • June 12th and 13th- Cheyenne, WY (FULL).
  • June 24th and 25th-Casper, WY (2 spots left).
  • June 26th and 27th-Powell, WY.
  • July 10th and 11th-Green River, WY (1 spot left).
  • July 22nd and 23rd-Jackson, WY.
  • July 25th and 26th-Gillette, WY.

For more information, contact Alisa Cook at 307-777-3679 or alisa.cook1@wyo.gov. Register Today!


  • Canvas Online Subscription Training
    • Available all year long!
  • Canvas In-person Training
    • The WDE has purchased training days to be used by districts. Districts just have to express interest.

For more information, contact Robin Grandpre at 307-777-5315 or robin.grandpre1@wyo.gov.

Quality Matters (QM) Online Course Review, Teaching and Development

  • Districts can schedule a workshop for any time of the year.
  • QM courses are also available online year round.
  • All QM training is sponsored by the WDE.

For more information, contact Lori Thilmany at 307-777-7418 or lori.thilmany@wyo.gov.

Wyoming Innovations in Learning Conference

  • Nov. 6-8, 2019 (preconferences Nov. 5-6) - Gillette, WY.
  • Sign-up for the Innovations Showcase on Nov. 6.

For more information, contact Robin Grandpre at 307-777-5315 or robin.grandpre1@wyo.gov.

EdTechTeam Western Wyoming Summit

  • June 4-5 in Afton.

For more information, contact events@edtechteam.com

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Stay Tuned

Next month’s Digital Learning Plan Newsletter will introduce:

  • Community Partnerships.

For more information, on the DLP, or the Future Ready Frameworks, or if you have an innovative idea to share, contact Alisa Cook at 307-777-3679 or alisa.cook1@wyo.gov.

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