Assessment Newsletter (Volume 7, Issue 36)

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05-08-20  |  WDE Assessment Updates  |  Volume 7, Issue 36


A schedule of milestones for the ACT June 2 state test and the June 13 and July 18 national testing opportunities is now available. For further information about the ACT, go to the Wyoming State ACT Portal at



Assign a Test Administration to an Examinee Previously Authorized for Accommodations and/or Supports

  1. Log in to your TAA account at
  2. On the Home screen, locate an examinee by entering the examinee’s TAA PIN and/or name, then select the Search button.
  3. Select the TAA PIN. The examinee’s Request History screen appears.
  4. Select the correct test and test administration from the drop-down menu. Pay attention to the date of the administration, and also the test type (e.g., State).
  5. Select the Assign Test Administration button.
  6. Finally, select the OK button when the “Confirmation” pop-up message appears (the language for Special testing is shown below as an example).

Request the Same Accommodations and/or English Learner Supports Using a Voucher for the ACT Test


ACT & WorkKeys Resources

ACT WY Portal:

  • ACT General Questions: 800-553-6244, ext. 2800
  • Accommodations: 800-553-6244, ext. 1788
  • WorkKeys General Questions: 800-967-5539

Resources for Counselors (National Testing)

ACT National Test Center Locations

ACT National Test Center Request Form (To become an unlisted test center, email

ACT National Accommodations & Supports

TAA Sign In

Resources for Students

ACT Student Registration

ACT Calculator Policy

ACT Photo Submission Requirements

ACT Acceptable Forms of ID

ACT National Accommodations & Supports

ACT June Test Information Release


WDE is offering additional interim testing (off-grade) during the fall 2020 window (Sept. 1 - Oct. 23). Due to COVID-19, students were unable to take the summative assessment. In an effort to support teachers in assessing student progress, students will have the opportunity to take interims in their previously attended grade level (off-grade) in addition to the on-grade interims, during this extended assessment window. The interim assessments remain optional to school districts.


wida sis

Beginning April 2020, educators have the opportunity to participate in three self-paced, on-demand eWorkshops developed by WIDA. These workshops may be valuable for K-12 classroom teachers, ESL specialists, and district and school administrators.


These eWorkshops cover a range of topics, including:

  • Classroom Educators: Engaging Newcomer Multilingual Learners.
  • Foundational Concepts. 
  • WIDA Writing Rubric.

The eWorkshops are available in the eLearning Center in the WIDA Secure Portal. If you don’t have a WIDA Secure Portal account, contact your District EL Coordinator or Antoinette Hallam at

See the attached flyer for full descriptions.



Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is currently not possible to screen newly enrolled students, who may meet the federal definition of an English Learner (EL), using the English Language Proficiency Assessment Screener. Students whose Home Language Survey (HLS) indicates the need for screening will be considered a “potential” English Learner until the ELPA Screener can be administered safely and securely. 

Districts will offer these students language services based on the student’s needs as well as what is being provided to Active English Learners. When on-site schooling resumes, these “potential” Active English Learners will be screened with the ELPA Screener to determine their official status as an Active English Learner or English proficient. A step-by-step process is outlined below.

  1. The HLS indicates a student may be an Active English Learner, the district will conduct  an interview with the family.
  2. If a follow-up conversation with the family confirms that HLS questions were answered correctly, the student is informally identified as a Potential Active EL and language services are provided like other Active English Learners.
  3. The student is not officially identified in the district's local Student Information System (SIS) until the identification process is completed by administering the WIDA Screener.

Open Forum Meeting for Special Educators

At the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE), we recognize the work being done to educate Wyoming students through distance learning during the pandemic. Educating students with the most significant needs through distance learning can be challenging. The WDE is presenting collaborative opportunities for educators providing distance learning to students with significant intellectual disabilities. An open forum Zoom meeting will be held on May 12th at 1:30 p.m.

Contact Jennifer D'Alessandro, WDE Vision Outreach Services Consultant, at 307-754-2147 or if you have any questions.

To join the meeting, click here.

2020-2021 Testing Schedule

  • WY-TOPP Modulars: September 1, 2020 – June 18, 2021
  • WY-TOPP Interim (Fall): September 1 – October 23, 2020
  • WY-TOPP Interim (Winter):  January 12 – February 5, 2021
  • WY-TOPP Interim (Spring): April 13 – May 7, 2021
  • WY-TOPP Summative: April 13 – May 7, 2021
  • WY-ALT: March 2 – April 23, 2021
  • ACCESS:  January 19 -  February 26, 2021
  • NAEP: January 25 – March 5, 2021

FALL ACT Opportunity for 2019-2020 Juniors:

  • ACT – (Test Window 1) Paper Test Date: September 22, 2020
  • Accommodated Paper Test Dates: September 22 - October 2, 2020
  • ACT – (Test Window 2) Paper Test Date: October 6, 2020
  • Accommodated Paper Test Dates: October 6 - 12, 2020
  • ACT – (Test Window 3) Paper Test Date: October 20, 2020
  • Accommodated Paper Test Dates: October 20 - 26, 2020

SPRING ACT 2021 Testing:

  • ACT – (Test Window 1) Paper Test Date: March 23, 2021
  • Accommodated Paper Test Dates: March 23 - 26, 29 - 31, & April 1 - 2
  • Online Standard & Accommodated Test Dates: March 23 - 25, 30 - 31, & April 1
  • ACT – (Test Window 2) Paper Test Date: April 6, 2021
  • Accommodated Paper Test Dates: April 6 - 9, 12 - 16
  • Online Standard & Accommodated Test Dates: April 6 - 8, 13 - 15
  • ACT – (Test Window 3) Paper Test Date: April 20, 2021
  • Accommodated Paper Test Dates: April 20 - 23, 26 - 30
  • Online Standard & Accommodated Test Dates: April 20 - 22, 27 - 29
  • WorkKeys Fall Window: (optional): September 14 - October 2, 2021
    • WorkKeys Spring Window: (optional): TBD



  • May: WIDA PD Events - CANCELED
  • April 20-June 5: WorkKeys - (extended into early June)
  • June 2: State ACT Test Date
  • June 13: ACT National Test Date (state option with voucher)
  • July 18: ACT National Test Date (state option with voucher)
  • September 1 – October 23: WY-TOPP Fall Interim (off-grade and on-grade)
  • September 22, October 6 & 20: State Fall ACT Test Dates for 2019-20 Juniors