WDE Assessment Updates Will Donkersgoed State NAEP Coordinator WY Dept. of Education Topics • 2014-15 Assessment System – New alternate assessment – New exemption practice • Assessment/Accountability-Related Bills – SF0008 – SF0110 – HB0159 Spring 2015 Assessment • Most of the state assessment system remains in place from 2014 • Except! • Exemption practice has changed, and • WY has a new alternate assessment! Spring 2015 Assessment • Exemptions not allowed in most states • AG’s office recommended elimination of category of “medically fragile” due to privacy concerns • Exemption categories include (only) – Students in out of state placements, – Students expelled with services, and – Students who are ELs and educated in US schools for less than one year • Submission process is via Wyoming Transcript Center; no more faxes or hard copies to WDE Spring 2015 Assessment • Search for new alternate assessment, aligned to new 2014 standards extensions in ELA and math that also integrated a science test • WY was a member of NCSC, but that test does not include a science component • American Institutes for Research (AIR) offers an ALT that’s aligned to CCSS extensions and has a science component – Higher quality than legacy Pearson items – Reduced burden on teachers for administration (e.g. only 25% of students statewide will require a second scorer, and then only in math) – TAs enter student responses into an online system and get immediate results – Lower cost than PAWS-ALT Future of State Assessment • Spring 2015 – (mostly) same as 2014 – PAWS, grades 3-8 – SAWS, grades 3, 5, & 7 – Explore, Plan, ACT in grades 9-11 – Compass and Workkeys for students in grades 1112 • Spring 2016 – Current plan is to continue PAWS, SAWS, and ACT – Plan and Explore will not be available in 2016 Current Bills • SF0008 – Sponsored by Select Committee – Changes graduation requirements for students, eliminating “measure or multiple measures,” and eliminates tiered diplomas – Institutes an assessment task force – Adopts framework for educator evaluation, changing timeline for implementation to 17-18 for leaders and 18-19 for teachers • SF0110 – Eliminates PAWS and SAWS, instituting ACT’s Aspire in grades 3, 5, 7 and 9 in 2015-16 only – State Board to weigh options for 2016-17 and beyond – Adds $500k to AG’s budget to defend state’s position with US ED – Requires SPRs every other year rather than every year • HB0159 – Eliminates SAWS Questions?