Assessment Newsletter (Volume 9, Issue 7)

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WDE Assessment Updates

09/24/2021  |  Volume 9, Issue 7


  • ACT State Testing Office Hours are an opportunity to ask any questions about the state testing program, how to use ACT platforms, and administration. 
  • New Test Coordinator sessions are set for 1 p.m. MDT on September 29 and 9 a.m. MDT on October 7.
  • Returning Test Coordinator sessions are set for 9 a.m. MDT on September 30 and 1 p.m. MDT on October 6.
  • To register for these and other available sessions click here.

For more information, contact Tahnee Hutchinson, WDE Assessment Consultant, at 307-777-5296 or


Status of Paper Individual Students Reports (ISRs)

  • WY-ALT ISRs have been delivered to schools.
  • There is a delay in shipping the WY-TOPP paper ISRs.
  • Expect WY-TOPP paper ISRs to be delivered on September 24 or September 27, 2021.

For more information, contact Cat Palmer, WDE Assessment Supervisor, at 307-777-8568 or


Testing Window September 13-November 19, 2021

  • Do students know what they want to do but don’t know the skills needed to make it a reality? Visit ACT WorkKeys interactive tool to view job skill profiles.
  • On average, individuals who score higher on the WorkKeys assessments and earn higher levels on the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) can expect short- and long-term increases in wages. View additional employment outcomes here.
  • See which Wyoming employers recognize the ACT WorkKeys NCRC here.
  • View sample questions and practice tests here
  • Visit WorkKeys Assessments and State of Wyoming WorkKeys for additional information.

For more information, contact Tahnee Hutchinson, WDE Assessment Consultant, at 307-777-5296 or


Updates and Changes

  • WDE has streamlined the appeals process.
  • There are three types of appeals: Invalidate a Test, Grace Period Extension (Writing Only), and Report Test Irregularity. 
  • These appeals address specific situations described in the Quick Guide to TIDE: Appeals.
  • Other appeal requests must be directed to the Assessment Team at WDE.

For more information or to request an appeal, contact Michelle Carroll, WDE Assessment Consultant, at 307-777-3618 or, or Tahnee Hutchinson, WDE Assessment Consultant, at 307-777-5296 or


  • September 13-November 19: WorkKeys Fall Window (optional).
  • September 14-October 8: WY-TOPP Interim Fall (optional).
  • September 14-June 17: WY-TOPP Modulars (optional).
  • October 11-22: 2020-21 ACT Results District Confidential Review Window.
  • October 13-November 22: ACCESS Test Materials Ordering via WIDA AMS.
  • October 19: ACCESS Test Scheduling Q&A Webinar.
  • November 9: ACCESS Pre-Testing Technology Coordinator Support for Test Administrators Webinar.
  • November 23: Alternate ACCESS Q&A Webinar for New Test Administrators.
  • December 1-February 25: WIDA AMS Test Setup Available.
  • December 7: ACCESS Managing Online Test Sessions Webinar.
  • January 4-6: ACCESS Test Materials Received in District.
  • January 5-February 18: ACCESS Additional Test Material Ordering Window in WIDA AMS.
  • January 6: ACCESS Technology Troubleshooting Webinar.
  • January 11-February 4: WY-TOPP Interim Winter (optional).
  • January 18-February 25: ACCESS & ALT-ACCESS Assessment Window.
  • January 24-March 4: NAEP Assessment Window.
  • March 1: ACCESS Deadline for Shipping Completed Test Materials to DRC.
  • March 1-April 22: WY-ALT Assessment Window.
  • March 18-31: ACCESS Pre-Reporting Data Validation for LEAs in WIDA AMS.
  • March 29: ACT Test Opportunity 1 Paper.
  • March 29-31 & April 1, 4-8: ACT Accommodated Paper Window.
  • March 29-31 & April 5-7: ACT Online Standard & Accommodated Window.
  • April 12: ACT Test Opportunity 2 Paper.
  • April 12-14, 19-21: ACT Online Standard & Accommodated Window.
  • April 12-15, 18-22: ACT Accommodated Paper Window.
  • April 12-May 6: WY-TOPP Interim Spring (optional).
  • April 12-May 6: WY-TOPP Summative.
  • April 18-29: WorkKeys Spring Window (optional).
  • April 26: ACT Test Opportunity 3 - Emergency Window Paper.
  • April 26-28, May 3-5: ACT Online Standard & Accommodated Dates.
  • April 26-29, May 2-5: ACT Accommodated Paper Window.
  • May 4: ACCESS Reports and Data Files Available Online in WIDA AMS.
  • May 20-24: ACCESS Printed Reports Available in Districts.
  • June 17: ACCESS Updated Data Posted in WIDA AMS.