Assessment

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:

http://www.boarddocs.com/wy/ncsd1/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=AD5SF37268BD


 

Staff

For more information contact:

Stephanie Shafer

Director of Research and Assessment

(307) 253-5228

 

Elementary and Middle Grades Assessments (grades 3-8)

WY-TOPP 

The Wyoming Test of Proficiency and Progress (WY-TOPP) is a system of interim, modular on-demand, and summative assessments in English language arts, writing, mathematics, and science. The WY-TOPP interim assessments in reading and mathematics are administered in fall for grades 1-10, in winter for grades 3-10.  In spring, the interim reading and math assessments will be administered for grades K-2. The WY-TOPP science assessment is administered in grades 4, 8, and 10. The WY-TOPP writing assessment is administered in grades 3, 5, 7, and 9. The WY-TOPP summative assessments are administered late-spring in grades 3-10.

WY-Alternate

The WY-Alternate (WY-ALT) is given once a year to students with significant cognitive disabilities in grades 3-10 in ELA and mathematics and in grades four and eight in science.

 

High School Assessments (grades 9-12)

ACT

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

WorkKeys is an optional assessment for students in grades 11 and 12 and is used to assess a student’s job skills.

WY-Alternate

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.

WY-TOPP 

The Wyoming Test of Proficiency and Progress (WY-TOPP) is a system of interim, modular on-demand, and summative assessments in English language arts, writing, mathematics, and science. The WY-TOPP interim assessments in reading and mathematics are administered in fall for grades 1-10, in winter for grades 3-10.  In spring, the interim reading and math assessments will be administered for grades K-2. The WY-TOPP science assessment is administered in grades 4, 8, and 10. The WY-TOPP writing assessment is administered in grades 3, 5, 7, and 9. The WY-TOPP summative assessments are administered late-spring in grades 3-10.

 

English Proficiency Assessments

ACCESS for ELLs

The ACCESS for ELLs is required once a year with all students, K-12, 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.

 

Parents/Guardians of Homeschool Students

If you have a homeschool student who you would like to have participate in the spring WY-TOPP or ACT testing, please contact the NCSD Research and Assessment Department.  All requests must be submitted no later than Friday, March 8.