Wyoming Students Taking PAWS

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By Associated Press – 13 March ’15

Some 49,000 students across Wyoming have been taking the annual statewide assessment this month, and a state education official reports that the testing has been going smoothly.

Students began taking the Proficiency Assessment of Wyoming Students on March 2. The PAWS test gauges proficiency levels in reading, math and science.

Deb Lindsey, of the Wyoming Department of Education, tells the Casper Star-Tribune that schools are more familiar with the format and logistics of giving the test.

The test for the first time fully reflects what’s taught in new state standards.

This is the third year that students have taken the test since its 2012 alignment to the more challenging Common Core State Standards in math and language arts.

In Wyoming, there has been a three-year transition with Common Core.