It is absolutely crucial that we have all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders present for PAWS testing, please do not schedule appointments during the school day. If your student has to leave during a test they have already started they are unable to continue the test once they return. This can greatly affect their scores.
Read more about our standardized assessment tests below:
NWEA (all students, Fall and Spring)
Born from the common goals to improve the education system and encourage learning for each and every student, NWEA was founded in 1974, creating one of the first computerized adaptive assessments.
The NWEA website provides a Parent Toolkit to help parents understand the assessment. It includes frequently asked questions, tips for parents, and a list of websites for parents and kids.
Visit the NWEA.org website.
Download the Parent Toolkit.
PAWS (3rd 4th and 5th grade, Spring)
A primary purpose of the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) is to foster program improvement at the school, district, and state levels in support of the teaching and learning that takes place in Wyoming public classrooms and meets all of the attendant requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). In 2005–2006, PAWS became the official statewide assessment used to measure individual student achievement against the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards in reading, writing, and mathematics for grades 3 – 8 and 11. In 2008, a science assessment was implemented for grades 4, 8, and 11.
Click here to see more information about the PAWS assessment, including grade level specific resources.