Today the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) publicly released the results of the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS). School, district, and state results are available on the WDE’s Fusion site. Included in the release are the results for the PAWS and alternate assessments in reading and mathematics for students in grades 3 through 8, and in science for grades 4 and 8.
TCSD #1 results show that our students continue to demonstrate their learning and growth while pointing out that we still have work to do to ensure that every student is meeting or exceeding state standards.
One exciting data point is that our English Language Learners (ELL) in grades 3, 4, and 5 showed a 13.4% increase in the number of students who were proficient or advanced in math, demonstrating that we are making strides in closing the opportunity gap. Another highlight is that 62.3% of 8th grade students are proficient or advanced in science, compared to 45.31% at the Wyoming state level.
Parents will receive their student’s test results prior to the start of the 2017-2018 school year.
PAWS is one assessment intended to give districts an overall look at how students are mastering state standards. It is an important, but small piece of data used to determine the focus of districts, schools, and teachers to ensure students are mastering the standards expected by the state of Wyoming. Our next step will be to gather our team of administrators and instructional coaches to analyze PAWS data and school based data to inform instructional services for the coming school year.
Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, students will take the Wyoming Test of Proficiency and Progress (WY-TOPP) as required by the Wyoming Department of Education. The new test will assess proficiency in reading and math for students in grades 3-10, science for students in grades 4, 8, and 10, and writing for students in grades 3, 5, 7, and 9. It will be an online, adaptive assessment with various item types such as multiple choice, technology enhanced, and constructed response. The results will be comparable to students’ scores from other states and will be used for accountability purposes.