"We wanted to dip our foot into the water instead of jumping in," said Walt Wilcox, principal at Dean Morgan Junior High School in Casper. "The technology drove a majority of our decision [to volunteer]."
Randall Harris, principal at Oregon Trail Elementary School, said he volunteered his students to take the field test so they could become familiar with a tougher test in case the state chooses to use the Smarter Balanced test in the future.
The Smarter Balanced assessment would be administered on a computer, unlike the paper and pencil test used now.
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School officials say the Smarter Balanced tests will be more difficult because they are aligned with the common core standards, which ask students to know more difficult content sooner.
University The consortium is one of two federally funded groups creating tests aligned with the Common Core state standards in language arts and math, which Wyoming adopted in 2012. Wyoming joined the group in 2010.
School administrators say they volunteered their students to take the sample test questions to stay ahead of the curve in testing changes.
want to wait until assessment time then see something brand new that [students] haven't had a chance to practice on for at least a year."
Lindsey, the state assessment director, said the additional testing will take about three hours per subject.
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A flaw in an online testing platform introduced by a former testing contractor resulted in Wyoming's test results being invalidated in 2010.
a contract for the Performance Assessment for Wyoming Students runs out this spring, said Deb Lindsey, director of assessment for the Wyoming Department of Education.
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