The Wyoming Department of Education has released the test results for the state's student assessment showing and overall drop in scores during the 2012-2013 school year, compared to last year. In a media release, Governor Matt Mead said the lower PAWS results – statewide – are a cause for concern and require further attention on many levels.
Students in grades three through eight took the PAWS test to examine proficiency in English and math, while fourth through eighth graders were also tested in science. High school juniors took the ACT exam this year, instead of PAWS, for the first time – where an increase in achievement was demonstrated.
Director of the Wyoming Department of Education, Tom Lacock, published a media release touting the ACT score increase amongst Wyoming's juniors. Sheridan County School Districts 1 and 2 were among the districts with the highest average composite scores amongst juniors.
Deb Lindsey, director of assessment for the Wyoming Department of Education, says this is an opportunity to work more closely with individual school districts.
Lacock says graduating high school seniors who voluntarily took the ACT exam, which is not mandatory and not paid for by the state, demonstrated lower scores across all areas and in the composite score. One in five students taking the ACT in Wyoming's graduating class of 2013 met the ACT's college readiness benchmarks in all areas.
Gov. Mead said in the release these test results got his attention and that kids deserve the best education. He says, as a state, we need to make sure students are ready for college or a career. Mead says there were local success across the state that should be celebrated, pointing to districts that had higher scores – like Sheridan County's two school districts.