Assessment Newsletter (Volume 8, Issue 25)

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WDE Assessment Updates

02-05-21 | Volume 8, Issue 25


The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) co-hosted a webinar with MetaMetrics on Lexiles 101. This introductory session helps lay the foundation for use of Lexile measures at the classroom level. The Lexiles 101 Recording is now available.


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From 4-5 p.m. on February 9, 2021

The WDE will co-host a series of online webinars with MetaMetrics on Lexile and Quantile Scores. These sessions are designed for    K-12 administrators and educators. No registration is required; use this Zoom Link for Quantiles 101 to join the webinar

Quantiles 101 - This introductory session helps lay the foundation for use of Quantile measures at the classroom level and will cover the following topics:

  • What is the Quantile Framework for Mathematics?
  • What are Quantile measures for students and Quantile measures of mathematics materials as well as state learning standards?
  • Where are you receiving the measures?
  • What are the benefits of using the Quantile Framework for Mathematics?
  • Where are Quantile tools and resources available and how do you use them to guide instruction?

For more information, contact Laurie Hernandez, WDE Director of Standards & Assessment, at 307-777-3469 or


Q&A Webinar #2

From 2-3 p.m. on February 10, 2021

The WIDA Key Language Uses (KLUs) summarize the most prominent language uses across disciplines, helping educators organize and prioritize curriculum and instruction. Learn about the updated KLUs – Inform, Narrate, Explain, and Argue.

For more information, contact Antoinette Hallam, WDE Assessment Consultant, at 307-777-5217 or


Science Performance Standards and ELA Standards Review

The WDE is doing the following on behalf of the State Board of Education: 

  1. Collecting Educator Input on Science Performance Standards for adoption. For more information, please see Memo 2021-010.
  2. Opening the Review of ELA Standards. This includes collecting Educator Input on the current standards for the Standards Review Committee’s consideration, as well as a Call for ELA Committee Members. For more information, please see Memo 2021-009.

For more information, contact Barb Marquer, WDE Standards Supervisor, at 307-777-5506 or


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Closes on February 26, 2021

Students who transfer out of a district can be removed from test sessions. A transfer must be completed in AMS when a student transfers to another district and has not completed the ACCESS for ELLs test sessions. Students who are likely not to test because of COVID-related issues, but are still in the district should be kept in test sessions until the end of the testing window, which is February 26. Districts may remove students from test sessions once it has been verified that the student will not complete it by the end of the testing window.

For more information, contact Antoinette Hallam, WDE Assessment Consultant, at 307-777-5217 or


A planned system outage affecting WIDA AMS will take place from 10 p.m. MST on Saturday, February 6, 2021 through 10 a.m. MST on Sunday, February 7, 2021. WIDA and DRC apologize for any inconvenience caused by this routine maintenance.

For more information, contact Antoinette Hallam, WDE Assessment Consultant, at 307-777-5217 or


NAEP 2021 School and Teacher Questionnaire Special Study

In December, Wyoming districts and schools that registered for the 2021 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) were notified of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) decision to postpone the NAEP until the next school year. They were also notified that NCES was exploring the possibility of administering NAEP questionnaires to teachers and principals this winter. Since then, NCES has decided to conduct the NAEP 2021 School and Teacher Questionnaire Special Study, which involves administering the school and teacher questionnaires along with additional questions related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The goal of the study is to gather important contextual information from schools and teachers on student learning opportunities and experiences during times of school closures, remote instruction, and hybrid instruction. No student assessment data or student survey responses will be collected in this study. Below is an overview of the COVID survey:

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Schools registered for 2021 NAEP will be notified of the study’s details the week of February 8, and NAEP representatives will begin reaching out to building coordinators to conduct next steps beginning the week of February 15.

For more information, contact Will Donkersgoed, Wyoming’s NAEP State Coordinator, at (307) 777-5133 or


  • September 1, 2020-June 18, 2021: WY-TOPP Modulars.
  • October 5-January 29: Reading Supports for Multilingual Learners WIDA eWorkshop Training Course (6 modules-15 weeks long).
  • January 12-February 5: WY-TOPP Winter Interims.
  • January 13-March 16: SAER System Open to Accept WY-ALT Exemption Requests.
  • January 13-April 27: SAER System Open to Accept WY-TOPP Exemption Requests.
  • January 19-February 26: ACCESS and ALT ACCESS Assessment Window.
  • February 2: ACCESS for ELLs During Testing: Monitoring Completion for Test Coordinators (Online) Webinar.
  • February 3: WY-ALT Test Administration Training (Online).
  • February 5: ACT Last Day to Verify Student Enrollment.
  • February 15-March 12: ACT Window For Ordering ‘Option 1’ Test Materials.
  • March 2-April 23: WY-ALT Assessments.
  • March 9: ACCESS for ELLs Post-Testing: Data Validation Webinar.
  • March 16: ACCESS for ELLs Post-Testing: Interpreting Score Reports Webinar.
  • March 23-26: ACT Window for Ordering ‘Option 2’ Test Materials.
  • April 13-May 7: WY-TOPP Spring K-2 Interims.
  • April 13-May 7: WY-TOPP Summative Assessments.
  • April 19-30: WorkKeys Test Administration Window.