SCSD 2 Tops in State in WY-TOPP Scores

Sheridan County School District 2 is again the highest-performing school district in the state in the latest round of statewide testing.

That's the word from District 2 Superintendent Craig Dougherty after the Wyoming Department of Education released the results earlier this week of the new WY-TOPP tests administered last spring.

This was the first year for WY-TOPP – an acronym for Wyoming Test of Proficiency and Progress. WY-TOPP replaced the former PAWS tests. Dougherty said the PAWS tests were rigorous, but the WY-TOPP tests are even more so.

The test was administered to students in grades 3 through 10. Like the PAWS test, Dougherty said WY-TOPP tests students in reading, writing and math. But the WY-TOPP tests also test a student's knowledge about science.

Despite the test being more rigorous, Dougherty said, some of District 2's schools out-performed their results in the previous year's PAWS assessments. He credits the district's teachers with helping to achieve those results.

Dougherty said Sheridan County School District 2 has some of the best teachers in the country. But, he said, while the WY-TOPP scores are a cause for the teachers to celebrate, in fact the interim WY-TOPP assessments are currently taking place, and though the teachers are celebrating, they're also digging in and focusing on what they need to do to help this year's students.

Dougherty said he thinks that District 2 isn't just a leader in Wyoming but has also put itself on the map nationally.

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