Assessment Newsletter (Volume 8, Issue 39)

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WDE Assessment Updates

May 14, 2021  |  Volume 8, Issue 39

Reminder: Pandemic Impact Surveys - Provide Your Input.


Apply by May 18, 2021

  • The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) is seeking Wyoming educators, both special education teachers and content experts in ELA, math, and science, to participate in either the WY-ALT Content Item Review or the WY-ALT Fairness Item Review Committee meetings (ELA, Math, & Science). Meetings will be held virtually the week of June 14, 2021.
  • Participants must be available to attend a morning training on Tuesday June 15, 2021.
  • Committee members will be eligible for an honorarium that will be paid after all committee work is complete.
  • Apply here. All applications submitted by May 18, 2021 will be considered.



The WDE would like to acknowledge the educators who have worked so tirelessly to help students throughout this difficult year. Thank you to everyone involved with the successful administration of WY-TOPP. Preliminary WY-TOPP results are available for the 2020-21 administration in Centralized Reporting. For additional guidance, refer to the Centralized Reporting User Guide.

Remember these results are preliminary and confidential. The official WDE review of assessment results for District Superintendents is tentatively scheduled from July 26-August 6, 2021.


Student results reflect some variance this year due to disruptions in education caused by the COVID-19 pandemic such as: student learning environment at home and at school, effects of social isolation/remoteness, the digital divide in rural areas, etc. 

  • Keep in mind the populations that were able to test and those that were not. 
  • The WDE will review the results to make determinations regarding the use of the scores for a baseline.
  • Reminder: This year state accountability has been waived, however to provide guidance moving forward calculations will still be made.

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


TIDE System to Update this Summer

  • Each year, TIDE system ‘Users’ are reset in order to ensure security.
  • The WDE encourages districts to download their current users, revise those files to update staff and any role changes, and prepare the file for re-upload in the fall.
  • Remember, each user role comes with a certain level of student data access. Assigning all test administrators to a Building Coordinator role may allow unnecessary access to student information and could be a FERPA violation.
  • Student rosters may also be downloaded and securely stored until they can be re-uploaded for the Fall Interim window. 
  • For further information refer to the TIDE User Guide.

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



  • WY-TOPP Modulars (optional): September 14, 2021–June 17, 2022.
  • WY-TOPP Interim Fall (optional): September 14–October 8, 2021.
  • WY-TOPP Interim Winter (optional): January 11–February 4, 2022.
  • WY-TOPP Interim Spring (optional): April 12–May 6, 2022.
  • WY-TOPP Summative: April 12–May 6, 2022.
  • WY-ALT: March 1–April 22, 2022.
  • ACCESS: January 18–February 25, 2022.


  • ACT Test Opportunity 1 Paper: March 29, 2022.
  • Accommodated Paper Window: March 29-April 1 and April 4-8, 2022.
  • Online Standard & Accommodated Window: March 29-31 and April 5-7, 2022.
  • ACT Test Opportunity 2 Paper: April 12, 2022.
  • Accommodated Paper Window: April 12-15 and 18-22, 2022.
  • Online Standard & Accommodated Window: April 12-14 and 19-21, 2022.
  • ACT Test Opportunity 3 - Emergency Window Paper: April 26, 2022.
  • Accommodated Paper Window: April 26-29 and May 2-6, 2022.
  • Online Standard & Accommodated Dates: April 26-28 and May 3-5, 2022.
  • WorkKeys Fall Window: (optional): September 12–October 1, 2021.
  • WorkKeys Spring Window: (optional): April 18–29, 2022.

For more information, contact Jessica Steinbrenner, Assessment Team Supervisor, at 307-777-8658 or


May 21 - June 25, 2021

The WDE684 data collection provides the WDE with accountability information. It also identifies the number of students in subpopulations, student demographic information, grade level, and enrollment and disenrollment information. It also identifies the number of Active ELs and those students in Monitor Status in each school, district, and the state are verified after all districts have submitted their data. After the WDE receives all WDE684 data, an error report of inaccurate information is created which districts are required to correct.  Antoinette Hallam will be contacting districts with identified EL errors. The data clean up period is scheduled from June 25 to July 9, 2021. Take this time to review and validate all WDE684 student information. 

For more information, contact Jessica Steinbrenner, Assessment Team Supervisor, at 307-777-8658 or


  • September 1-June 18: WY-TOPP Modulars.
  • May 24: Districts Receive Online Reports for ACCESS.
  • June 14-16: Districts Receive Printed Reports for ACCESS.