Assessment Newsletter (Volume 8, Issue 28)

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WDE Assessment Updates

02-26-2021 |  Volume 8, Issue 28


Complete Form by March 15, 2021

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) is accepting applications for ACT National Testing in June and July 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the WDE is offering 357 ACT Vouchers based on need, for those students who may have difficulty testing during the spring state dates, which are listed below. Any student who can attend in-person testing this spring should do so and should not be submitted for a voucher. 

This offer is a first-come, first-serve basis, so be cautious of entering students who do not need this opportunity. Priority will be given to students in remote settings. Reminder - for national testing dates, students will be required to test at an approved national testing site, which can be found using the ACT Test Center Locator. Applications for individual students must be submitted using the 2021 ACT Voucher Form by March 15, 2021.

Test Window 1 - March 23-April 2, 2021

  • Paper Test Date: March 23.
  • Accommodated Paper Test Dates: March 23-26, 29-31, and April 1-2.
  • Online Standard & Accommodated Test Dates: March 23-25, 30-31 and April 1.

Test Window 2 - April 6-16, 2021

  • Paper Test Date: April 6.
  • Accommodated Paper Test Dates: April 6-9, and April 12-16.
  • Online Standard & Accommodated Test Dates: April 6-8 and 13-15.

Test Window 3 - April 20-30, 2021

  • Paper Test Date: April 20.
  • Accommodated Paper Test Dates: April 20 -23, 26-30.
  • Online Standard & Accommodated Test Dates: April 20-22 and 27-29.

For more information, contact Jessica Steinbrenner, WDE Assessment Supervisor, at 307-777-8568 or


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February 26, 2021

In support of the recent Supporting the Reopening and Continuing Operation of Schools and Early Childhood Education Providers Executive Order, the National Center for Education Statistics) will collect data on the status of in-person learning. Wyoming will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2021 School Survey. 

The goal of the survey is to provide evidence-based guidance to inform national and state-level decision makers responsible for policy and resources needed to reopen schools for in-person learning. Note that this study does not require student participation and involves the same schools selected for the postponed NAEP 2021 assessment. Further information was emailed directly to those involved.

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


  • The testing window for ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs ends on February 26, 2021
  • The deadline for UPS pickup of ALL secure test materials for return to DRC is Tuesday March 2, 2021. Remember, if you do not have daily UPS pickup, you must call UPS to schedule the day before you need the pickup. 
  • Test Administrators and Test Coordinators must ensure correct and complete information is either labeled or bubbled on each student booklet. Failure to address incorrect, missing, or incomplete student information and labels may result in late reporting or no student score. 
  • Only materials shipped on or before the final return date will be processed in time for reporting. Those returning late materials will not receive reports or data files and will not have a data validation window. 
  • The District School Test Coordinator Manual lists secure test materials that must be sent back to DRC. Any secure test material not returned will be reported missing.

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


  • September 1-June 18: WY-TOPP Modulars.
  • 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 Assessments.
  • February 15-March 12: ACT Window For Ordering ‘Option 1’ Test Materials.
  • March 2: Deadline to Ship ACCESS Testing Materials to DRC.
  • March 2-April 23: WY-ALT Assessments.
  • March 3 and March 10: Planning with the WIDA ELD Standards Framework Webinar.
  • March 9: ACCESS for ELLs Post-Testing: Data Validation Webinar.
  • March 9: WIDA ELD Standards Framework, Q&A Webinar.
  • March 16: ACCESS for ELLs Post-Testing: Interpreting Score Reports Webinar.
  • March 19-April 1: Pre-Reporting Data Validation-LEAs in AMS.
  • 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.