Assessment Newsletter (Volume 8, Issue 30)

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WDE Assessment Updates

03-12-21 | Volume 8, Issue 30

A BIG THANK YOU to all Wyoming educators who worked diligently to administer the ACCESS for ELLs Assessments. This was an even larger endeavor due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The efforts made to provide these assessments in-person and safely are much appreciated. The data will help us continue to provide the most appropriate services for Wyoming students.


Survey Closes on March 17, 2021

WIDA wants to hear about your experiences as a K ACCESS Test Administrator (TA). 

Contributions through this brief survey will shape updates to the test and will remain anonymous.


Available March 30, 2021

The following information is provided to assist in becoming familiar with the new WIDA Screener for Kindergarten that will replace the KW-APT. Beginning March 30, districts will have access to the following:

  • Comprehensive training.
  • Test materials.
  • Score calculator - to generate score reports for students.

Districts may continue to use the KW-APT, choose to replace it for all schools in the district, or use both assessments until the KW-APT has been fully replaced. 

View the Introducing WIDA Screener for Kindergarten webinar and the WIDA Screener for Kindergarten: Get ready to use it flier for details.

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.
  • February 15-March 12: ACT Window For Ordering ‘Option 1’ Test Materials.
  • March 2-April 23: WY-ALT Assessments.
  • 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.