As we kick off our PAWS testing, we wanted to share some information with our Sagebrush parents about the PAWS assessments as they apply to our students and our school.
According to the Wyoming Department of Education, the primary purpose of the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) is to foster 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. The PAWS assessments are used to measure individual student achievements against the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards in reading and mathematics for grades 3-8 and in science in grades 4 and 8.
The Wyoming Department of Education states that PAWS is designed to be instructionally supportive and include clear targets for instruction as well as informative reporting categories and that PAWS reports provide skill-level categories aligned to the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards as organized by the Wyoming Assessment Descriptions.
The assessment results provide important information to all facets of the school community. These PAWS results assist teachers in addressing specific academic needs of students and in making decisions about delivery of instruction in their classrooms. Policymakers, administrators, students and parents also use assessment information for a variety of purposes. Collectively, these users make decisions about how well students are achieving, whether schools are functioning effectively for each child, and whether they are functioning well for all children collectively. (http://edu.wyoming.gov/educators/state-assessment/paws/)