WY-TOPP Information For Parents

There have been some changes in the NCSD #1 assessment system at the state and local level.

The state of Wyoming has adopted a new state assessment system through American Institute of Research called Wyoming Test of Performance and Progress (Wy-TOPP). This assessment will replace the PAWS Assessment.

What is WY-TOPP?

WY-TOPP includes interim and summative assessments.  The interim assessments are short and give teachers predictive information before the end of year summative assessment.

What does this mean for my student?

  • Interim assessments are shorter, taken at different times throughout the school year, and provide teachers with a greater understanding of student progress. This allows teachers the flexibility to adjust learning to meet student needs throughout the year.
  • Summative assessments are given at the end of the year to students and provide an understanding of how much the student has learned during the school year.
  • Student results are provided to parents, but have no direct effect on student grades.

WY-TOPP Interim Assessments will be given during the fall, winter, and spring windows, depending on grade level.  These assessments are used to expose students to the new online testing format and to help teachers plan instruction.

Fall October 23 – November 17

Grades 4-10 – Math and Reading

Winter January 16 – February 9

Grades 3, 4, 6, 8, 10 – Math and Reading

Grades 5, 7, 9 – Math and Reading + Writing

Grades 1, 2 – Reading and Math

Spring April 16 – May 11

Grades K, 1, 2 – Reading

WY-TOPP end of year summative assessments will be given in the following grades and content areas during the testing window from April 16 – May 11:

Grades 3-10 – Math and Reading

Grades 5, 7, 9 – Writing

Grades 4,8, 10 – Science

Results of assessments are shared with parents during parent-teacher conferences or at other times during the school year. If you have questions about your child’s school performance, screening scores, or progress monitoring results, please contact your child’s teacher. We look forward to working with your child this school year.


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