The Casper Star-Tribune recently reported on a statewide decline in standardized test scores across Wyoming. Based on 2012 figures released by the Wyoming Department of Education this month, scores on the Performance Assessment for Wyoming Students declined in every subject for elementary and middle school students compared to 2011.
State Representative Mike Madden, of Buffalo, is a member of the Select Committee on Statewide Education Accountability. He says the decline in performance is alarming, but differences in the tests themselves from year-to-year could be a contributing factor.
Representative Madden describes a new issue they encountered this year.
2013's PAWS test was the first standardized test to include questions specifically about the new national common core standards.