Results of a statewide standardized test will be released Monday, and the results will show how different counties in Wyoming compare in regard to their public education programs, as well has how the state compares to the rest of the nation. However, the Proficiency Assessment for Wyoming Students (PAWS) test results only tell so much. Superintendent of Public Instruction, Cindy Hill, said the PAWS test is a good indicator because testing every student makes for a realistic view of how much students are really learning.
Hill said PAWS test scores may be slightly lower than other standardized tests, such as the SAT or the ACT, which are also used for college admission purposes. The PAWS test serves for data collection alone, and students may not be as motivated. However, our students don't fare too badly.
Sheridan Media News will have a breakdown of how Sheridan County did on the PAWS test on Tuesday.