Student Assessments

Fremont County School District #1 uses multiple assessments to help guide instruction for individual students in the classroom and beyond.  

If you have additional questions not addressed in these descriptors, please contact our office.

   

DIBELS

What is it?  DIBELS is a district chosen assessment.  DIBELS is designed to be a short (one minute) reading assessment used to regularly monitor the development of reading skills and early literacy. 

Who is tested?  Currently our district uses this assessment tool with all students in kindergarten through third grade.  Each student is assessed three times a year.    

    

NAEP

What is it?  The National Assessment of Educational Progress is the largest assessment of what students know and can do in various subject areas.

Who is tested?  NAEP tests a sample of students in fourth and eighth grades nationally.

Click here for additional information and parent resources regarding NAEP testing.

     

NWEA MAP testing

What is it?:  MAP is a Wyoming Assessment.  This computer adaptive achievement test assesses students in Mathematics and Reading and is normed-referenced to measure student growth over time.  

Who is tested?:  Students in kindergarten through tenth grade participate in the MAP assessment.  All students participate in the Fall assessment to gather a baseline and can be used to guide targeted skill instruction.  All students finish the school year by participating in the the Spring assessment to measure students’ growth.  

 

PAWS

What is it?:  Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS).  PAWS is a Wyoming assessment.  This assessment is administered paper and pencil with some grade levels completing their answers on a separate scantron answer sheet.  The assessment arrives with recommended time allocations, but there are no time limits for students to complete the sections in.  Accommodations are allowed on the PAWS for students on an Individual Education Plan (IEP), for students on a 504 Plan, and for English Language Learners.

Who is tested?: Students in third through eighth grade participate in the spring statewide assessment.  All students in these grade levels participate in multiple reading and math multiple choice sections, with student in the fourth and eighth grade taking an additional science portion.  

How is it used?: PAWS is used to measure individual student achievement for the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards and the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act (WAEA) the statewide education accountability system. WAEA uses a set of measures to create an annual School Performance Report (SPR).  The results rate each school as; in need of improvement, meeting expectations, and exceeding expectations.

   

ACT Aspire

What is it?:  This assessment is linked to ACT College Readiness Benchmarks and aligned to our district adopted Common Core State Standards.  Unlike other assessments, there are multiple questions types that require students to answer in constructed response and multiple choice questions and is delivered online. 

Who is tested?:  Aspire is the assessment that ninth and tenth grade students participate in, instead of PAWS.   Students are assessed in English, math, reading, science, writing, and additional college and career readiness standards.  

How is it used?:  These scores are used by teachers to better inform their instruction and allows parents to better understand their student’s progress.  The ASPIRE also is a great predictor of future ACT scores.

 

ACT

What is it?:  The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Math, Reading, and Science.  The ACT is administered only on six test dates within the US.

Who is tested?: This traditional assessment is administered to eleventh grade students in our district.  Twelfth grade students can elect to retake the ACT to improve their scores (these are scheduled on Saturdays)..

How is it used?:  ACT results are accepted by all two and four-year colleges and universities in the US. The scores also communicates the student’s career and college readiness. Many scholarships require ACT scores as well (including the Hathaway scholarships).