School District 2 Students Lead State in WY-TOPP Scores

With the recent release of WY-TOPP scores among Wyoming school districts, Sheridan County School District 2 is, on average, the strongest performing district in the state – and has been since around 2012.

Mitch Craft, who's an assistant superintendent with the school district, said students in Sheridan County District 2 schools outperformed the state WY-TOPP averages by a huge margin.

Scores were from the 2018-19 school year, which was the second year for administration of the WY-TOPP test, a statewide system that replaced the PAWS assessment tests.

The WY-TOPP assessments are given in grades 3 through 10, in the areas of reading, writing and math, and there's a science portion that's given to students in grades 4, 8 and 10.

Craft said there are also practice tests given to students in kindergarten through second grade, but those tests aren't counted by the state.

Craft said strong state test scores aren't the point of the work by teachers in Sheridan County School District 2.

Craft said the focus is on ensuring that every student learns, and teachers don't give up on any student. Instead, he said, the teachers work really hard to make sure that every student's needs are met.

He said school district 2 always measures performance against the other school districts in Wyoming, because the district believes it's important to deliver a strong educational product to the students in the community.

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