Student achievement is a key goal for the Natrona County School District. The Office of Assessment and Research collects, organizes, analyzes, and reports data from district and statewide assessments, as well as other measures, to support school and program improvement and public accountability. The office also conducts, supports, and provides tools for various educational research efforts. The office produces research briefs and reports on a variety of topics.
To apply to conduct research in Natrona County School District #1. Please use the following link that contains a description of the process and a copy of the application:
Director of Assessment and Research
Assessment and Research Coordinator
Elementary and Middle Grades Assessments (grades 3-8)
The Proficiency Assessment of Wyoming Students (PAWS) is the official Wyoming statewide assessment, administered to all students in grades three through eight in reading and mathematics. A science portion is administered to all students in grade four and eight. The PAWS test measures students’ progress toward the Wyoming Content Standards. PAWS data is used for Adequate Yearly Progress federal reporting under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2011 (NCLB) and for the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act (WAEA) for state reporting.
The WY-Alternate (WY-ALT) is given once a year to students with significant cognitive disabilities in grades 3-8 in ELA and mathematics and in grades four and eight in science.
The Northwest Evaluation Association computerized adaptive assessment system is administered to all students in kindergarten through grade eight in the fall, subgroups in the winter, and all students in kindergarten through grade 8 in the spring. NWEA data is used for continuous school improvement and student goal setting.
High School Assessments (grades 9-12)
ASPIRE is a new product in the ACT line of college and career readiness assessments. It assesses students’ achievement in English, math, reading, and science. This assessment will be administered to all 9th and 10th graders for the first time in the spring of 2016. This test replaces the ACT EXPLORE and ACT PLAN assessments that were used in past years.
ACT Plus Writing is the capstone of the ACT college and career readiness System. It measures students’ general learning outcomes in English, math, reading, writing, and science. This assessment is given once a year to all students in the 11th grade. ACT data is used to qualify students for the Hathaway Scholarship Program.
WorkKeys is an optional assessment for students in grades 11 and 12, and is used to assess a student’s job skills.
COMPASS is an optional computer-adaptive college placement assessment. Students are to be given the opportunity to take this assessment at least one (1) time during their senior year.
The WY-Alternate (WY-ALT) is given once a year to students with significant cognitive disabilities in grades 9-11 in ELA, mathematics, and science.
The Northwest Evaluation Association computerized adaptive assessment system is administered at grade 9 in the fall and at other levels where appropriate in the fall and spring. NWEA data is used for continuous school improvement and student goal setting.
English Proficiency Assessments
The ACCESS for ELLs is required once a year with all students who are English language learners. It assesses students’ progress in attaining English proficiency. An alternate ACCESS is also available for English language learners who also have significant cognitive disabilities.