Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS)
The Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) is a once per year statewide assessment implemented in 2005-2006 as a means of measuring student proficiency on the Wyoming Content & Performance Standards for reading, writing and math. PAWS is administered to students in grades 3 - 8; a PAWS science assessment, added in 2008, is administered to students in grades 4 and 8. Students in those grades with significant cognitive disabilities in reading, math and/or science are given the PAWS-Alternate (PAWS-ALT).
“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 teaching and learning” as well as to meet “all of the attendant requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001(NCLB).” “PAWS is designed to be instructionally supportive and include clear targets for instruction as well as informative reporting categories. PAWS reports provide skill-level categories aligned to the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards.”
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” to “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.”
The State of Wyoming provides Hathaway Merit and Need-based Scholarships to all eligible Wyoming students attending Wyoming community colleges or the University of Wyoming. Contact your school counselor for more information.