PAWS Glitch To Delay Testing In Some Wyoming Schools

CHEYENNE, (AP) - The Wyoming Department of Education says some school districts plan to delay administration of the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students because of computer problems.

Mary Kay Hill, the department's director of administration, says some districts have had problems this week with the online portion of a practice version of the test. Official testing is scheduled to begin in some schools Monday.

The department distributed a memo to districts Friday encouraging them to delay online PAWS testing if they've had
problems with the practice tests. At least eight districts have told the department that they've had problems with the practice test and won't start Monday.

Another 21 districts confirmed they're ready to start Monday. PAWS results are the basis for schools' ratings for annual progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
The following districts told the Education Department that they do not plan to start testing Monday and have had technical problems with the practice test: Albany 1, Campbell 1, Fremont 1, Johnson 1, Laramie 2, Lincoln 2, Uinta 1 and Uinta 6.

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