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How to Prepare Your Students for the WY-TOPP Assessment

Are your students ready for the Wyoming Test of Proficiency and Progress (WY-TOPP)? The right virtual test practice — paired with your classroom instruction — will give your students the skills and knowledge they need to tackle the WY-TOPP assessment this spring.

Here’s what you need to know about WY-TOPP and how to best prepare your students for the virtual assessment.

What Is the WY-TOPP Assessment?

The Wyoming Test of Proficiency and Progress (WY-TOPP) is an assessment system that includes optional interim and on-demand tests, as well as annual summative assessments for students in grades 3 through 10. The summative assessments are administered each spring across subject areas and provide information about student and school achievement of the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards. The state of Wyoming uses WY-TOPP results to evaluate schools; the summative assessments do not affect student grades.

Subjects and grades tested by the WY-TOPP assessments are:

  • English language arts (grades 3–10)
  • Mathematics (grades 3–10)
  • Writing (grades 3, 5, 7, 9)
  • Science (grades 4, 8, 10)

The tests are delivered online with a mix of enhanced multiple choice, constructed response, and technology-enhanced questions. WY-TOPP math and ELA tests are adaptive, so test questions become easier or harder depending on a student’s previous answers.

Wyoming administers the ACT to students in grade 11 and the optional WorkKeys test to grades 11 and 12, as assessments of students’ college and career readiness.

Students with significant cognitive disabilities can take the Wyoming Alternate Assessment (WY-ALT) instead of the WY-TOPP tests. WY-ALT covers the same subjects and grade levels, and measures students’ knowledge and skills against Wyoming Extended Standards. WY-ALT is computer-based and administered one-on-one, but paper accommodations are available for students whose IEP or 504 plan calls for paper tests.

Wyoming also assesses English learners’ proficiency in the English language with the ACCESS for ELLs assessment, and the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs for English learners with significant cognitive disabilities.

How to Prep Your Students for the WY-TOPP Assessment

The virtual WY-TOPP tests offer a variety of features and tools that enhance the depth of the assessment, while also offering benefits and challenges to students. For example, students with disabilities can benefit from features like color contrast adjustment, zooming, ASL or closed captioning, and Braille.

At the same time, virtual assessments like WY-TOPP require that students know how to navigate online testing environments. Questions go beyond the basic multiple choice formats of historical standardized tests and take advantage of digital capabilities in the form of drag-and-drop, graph building, and equation creation, among others. Your students will need opportunities to master these virtual test-taking features so on test day, they can focus on simply demonstrating everything they’ve learned.

This is where virtual practice sessions come in.

With a few practice sessions in a virtual test-taking environment, your students will be able to learn and master the digital skills they need to take the WY-TOPP tests with ease. Along with gaining a familiarity with the technology, your students will build confidence that will calm anxious nerves on test day.

For an added benefit, have your students practice on the same device they’ll use for the real test. That way, they’ll know exactly how the test-taking technology interacts with their tablet, laptop, or desktop computer, and the WY-TOPP assessment won’t bring any surprises.

Get WY-TOPP Assessment Practice in Pear Assessment

To make virtual test practice as easy as possible, join Pear Assessment to give standards-aligned practice that mimics the look and feel of the WY-TOPP tests. All you have to do is sign up for a free account and you’ll be able to serve up practice tests for your students to boost their comfort with the testing environment and for you to get an idea of what students know.

You can assemble a WY-TOPP assessment by picking from an item bank of thousands of standards-aligned questions or simply make your own from scratch. Either way, what you assign can meet student needs and the instant data will help you understand what students know and what concepts they might need more help with. From the Pear Assessment Live Class Board or Standards Mastery Report you’ll be able to see performance data that can identify learning gaps, strengths, and where you’ll want to focus instruction.

A few practice sessions and your students will be well on their way to state testing mastery.

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