Wyoming - Student Assessments: English Language Arts

English Language Arts
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The assessments that are required are: Proficiency Assessment for Wyoming Students (PAWS) for grades 3-8. Student Assessment of Writing Skills (SAWS) Grades 3, 5, 7, 11. EXPLORE, measures English in grade 9. PLAN follows the EXPLORE assessment in grade 10. ACT Plus Writing follows PLAN in grade 11.


In 2005-2006, PAWS became the official statewide assessment used to measure individual student achievement against the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards in reading and writing for grades 3 – 8 and 11. Beginning in 2013, the PAWS was administered in grades 3-8 in reading. Writing is now assessed through the PAWS. PAWS is designed to be instructionally supportive and include clear targets for instruction as well as informative reporting categories. PAWS reports provide skill-level categories aligned to the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards as organized by the Wyoming Assessment Descriptions. Accommodations are allowed on the PAWS for students on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), for students on a 504 Plan, and for English Language Learners (ELL). Selection of accommodations for the general assessment is the responsibility of a student’s IEP team, 504 Plan committee or service providers for ELL, and must align with the guidelines found in the PAWS standard accommodations manual.

Adopting Authority: 
State Board of Education
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
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